LAST Tuesday Professor Child gave his first reading in Shakspere. It was very largely attended, at least one hundred and ten students being present. The lesson was the first part of Macbeth. The notes and comments were interesting, and well repaid the extra hour taken from our recess.
Professor Child purposes to read four or five of Shakspere's plays, at the rate of a play in four or five readings; he will then read from Chaucer.
We would urge all who are interested in English literature to attend these readings, where they can hear the comments and opinion of one of the first of Shaksperian scholars. This course, which Professor Child has so kindly thrown open to the students at large, and Professor Bocher's lectures on Moliere, are opportunities not to be neglected. We hope they will be but the forerunners of a series of lectures on English and foreign literature.
In connection with this subject, how would our interest in the classics be increased by some running commentary on the times, customs, and habits of the people they illustrate. As students, the greater part of us are too indifferent to study a history in connection with our reading, but would willingly listen to a course of lectures involving no further effort on our part than an occasional note. This is a want really felt, and we hope it soon will be supplied.