Must we tamely look on, while the "light, winged, and holy creature," as Plato called the poet, is harnessed to a truck wagon, and made to deliver the world's bread and butter? Would that it were more common for poets openly to defy society's demands for efficiency, as certain children and malaperts of the poetic world have done!
Of all the malaperts of birddom none excel and few equal the white-eyed vireo for volubility and downright audacity. All his songs and he has quite a respectable list of them seem to be either a protest or a challenge; a protest against your intrusion into his precincts, a challenge to find him and his nest if you can.
Accustomed to clever malaperts like Miss Lloyd or Miss Reeve, whose experienced pouts and smiles under the sun-bonnet are a standing burlesque of innocence and girlishness, Demos was really delighted, for once and away, to see the real presentment of these things upon his stage.