THE SPHERE OF TEMPERAMENT
IT might seem better to follow up the discussion of the evolution of thematic material at once by the technical discussion of its uses. But these uses are influenced by circumstances which are not purely technical or practical, and before we can understand the complicated story, it is well to consider the nature and sphere of those influences which lie in the nature of human temperament.
Temperament appears to be a comparatively recent discovery; and like most novelties which attract attention and become fashionable it has been for a time a little too conspicuous, and people are possibly getting tired of it. It is in the same category as heredity, and both of them have had heavier responsibilities laid upon them than they are fit to carry. But when things which have been fashionable are going out of fashion is just the moment for people who do not care the least whether a thing is fashionable or not to consider whether their vogue was purely a matter of fashion or had more permanent and substantial foundations.
The word hardly needs definition or extenuation. It is justified on the grounds of utility by daily experience; and we are all getting to realize that it