STUDIES OF WAYSIDE
WHILE THE AIR WAS YET PURE
AMONG THE ALPS, AND IN
THE SCOTLAND AND
ENGLAND WHICH MY FATHER KNEW.
JOHN RUSKIN, LL.D.,
HONORARY STUDENT OF
CHRISTCHURCH, AND HONORARY FELLOW OF CORPUS
CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD.
Although I have not been able in the preceding volume to
complete, in any wise as I desired, the account of the
several parts and actions of plants in general, I will
not delay any longer our entrance on the examination of
particular kinds, though here and there I must interrupt
such special study by recurring to general principles,
or points of wider interest. But the scope of such
larger inquiry will be best seen, and the use of it best
felt, by entering now on specific study.
with the Violet, because the arrangement of the group to
which it belongs—Cytherides—is more arbitrary than that
of the rest, and calls for some immediate explanation.
2. I fear
that my readers may expect me to write something very
pretty for them about violets: but my time for writing
prettily is long past; and it requires some watching
over myself, I find, to keep me even from writing
querulously. For while, the older I grow, very
thankfully I recognize more and more the number of
pleasures granted to human eyes in this fair world, I
recognize also an increasing sensitiveness in my temper
to anything that interferes with them; and a grievous
readiness to find fault—always of course