BrianT said: Nothing I find in the surrounding pages goes into a discussion like that, but perhaps you are thinking of another passage. Quite possible (and if so, it wouldn't be the "I could have knelt there for hours" letter either, BTW - I'm quite familiar with that one, as you know). I used to have a hardcopy of a post I once made answering numerous of these "frequently assaulted quotations" and that particular argument figured prominently in one of them. Ten years later, unfortunately, I don't remember which one. It's in there somewhere.