Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

English men of science: their nature and nurture
Galton, Francis
amount they show all the symptoms of being 
overtasked, and sicken. An army in retreat 
suffers in every way, while one in the advance, 
being full of hope, may perform prodigious 
In the following extracts I insert everything 
that seems deserving of mention as regards the 
energy of either parent. It will be observed how 
strong is the tendency for this primary quality 
to be transmitted hereditarily. 
Speaking generally of these and all other 
extracts printed in this book, I should give the 
following explanation : — 
Whenever anything is interpolated by me it is 
put in square brackets [ ]. All proper names 
are replaced by dots, because I do not wish to 
administer to the love of gossip. It is indeed 
impossible to prevent intimate friends from some¬ 
times guessing the name of the author, but I 
have taken care that nothing is inserted which 
can cause annoyance. I have taken some trifling 
editorial liberties, such as occasionally working 
the words of the question into the answer, when 
the latter was too curt to explain itself ; and


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