Now this is altered, and everything is collected in the Bodleian, including, so I am told, Christmas-cards and bills of fare. Bodley's rule has proved an expensive one, for the library has been forced to buy at latter-day prices 'baggage-books' it could have got for nothing. Another ill-advised regulation got rid of duplicates.
'Baggage-books' was the contemptuous expression elsewhere employed to describe this 'light infantry' of literature Belles Lettres, as it is now more politely designated. One play in forty is liberal measure, but who is to say out of the forty plays which is the one worthy to be housed in a noble library?