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George Meredith, according to Mr. Chesterton, was perhaps the only man in the modern world who has almost had the high honor of rising out of the low estate of a Pantheist into the high estate of a Pagan. This subtle discrimination forms the starting point for Robert Peel’s brilliant essay, which points out the spiritual values in Meredith’s work and shows how Meredith’s eventual compromise offers to most readers of today a veritable refuge from which the common level of life can be viewed completely and clearly.