Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

English men of science: their nature and nurture
Galton, Francis
duction because his family likeness proclaimed 
him to be the son of an old friend. The English¬ 
man did not conceal his difficulties, and the 
stranger actually lent him the sum he needed 
on the guarantee of his family likeness, con¬ 
firmed, no doubt, by some conversation. Tn this 
and similar instances how small has been the 
influence of nurture ; the child had developed 
into manhood, along a predestined course laid 
out in his nature. It would be impossible to 
find a converse instance in which two persons, 
unlike at their birth, had been moulded by simi¬ 
larity of nurture into so close a resemblance that 
their nearest relations failed to distinguish them. 
Let us quote Shakespeare again as an illustra¬ 
tion ; in “ A Midsummer-Night’s Dream ” (iii. 2), 
Helena and Hermia, who had been inseparable 
in childhood and girlhood, and had identical 
“ So we grew together, 
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted, 
But yet a union in partition,”— 
were physically quite unlike : the one was short 
and dark, the other tall and fair ; therefore, the


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