The Vagabond is as much a student of human nature as he is a lover of the beautiful. He is glad today, therefore, to plan a little journey in the realm of psychology. It's quite a budding field; and then, too, whenever he thinks of psychology he often has his little friend Alice and her wonderland companions to help him out. The Vagabond assures his gentle readers that what follows is as true as Alice herself; and surely no one will deny the veracity of that little girl.
"Look, look!" cried Alice pointing eagerly, "there's White Rabbit running across the country. He came flying out of the woods over yonder--He doesn't look very happy."
"There's probably some enemy after him," the King said, taking another bite of his ham sandwich. "That wood's full of them."
"But aren't you going to send him help?", Alice asked, very much surprised at his taking it all so quietly.
"There's no need of that," said the King, without even looking round. "White Rabbit isn't afraid of the Lion."
"But what's he running for," queried Alice, and all the time feeling more sorry for White Rabbit, "if he's not afraid?"
"I didn't say he wasn't afraid," retorted his Majesty pompously, "I said he wasn't afraid of the Lion."
For a minute or two Alice stood silent wondering whether she dared make herself more plain, then:
"If you please, your Majesty, why is poor White Rabbit afraid?"
"Another sandwich!" ordered the King. Then he continued.
"I often wonder what you learn at school. If you did your lessons properly you'd know Rabbit is afraid simply because he is running and not running because he's afraid. Everybody in my court knows the James-Lange theory of the emotions."
"Never mind that now," cried the White Rabbit coming by, "mercy, your Majesty, mercy!..."
The Vagabond is not sure if the King was finally convinced to take practical measures to save White Rabbit, but then again, thought the Vagabond, how much of theory is practical?
Tomorrow at 10 the Vagabond will journey to Emerson 27 to hear Professor Allport lecture in psychology. In the meantime the Vagabond has the pleasure to suggest a visit to the Treasure Room at Widener where rare editions of the works of Horace are on exhibition.