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- IN the trilogy "With Fire and Sword," "The Deluge," and "Pan Michael,"
- Sienkiewicz has given pictures of a great and decisive epoch in modern
- history. The results of the struggle begun under Bogdan Hmelnitski have been
- felt for more than two centuries, and they are growing daily in importance.
- The Russia which rose out of that struggle has become a power not only of
- European but of world-wide significance, and, to all human seeming, she is yet
- in an early stage of her career.
- In "Quo Vadis" the author gives us pictures of opening scenes in the conflict
- of moral ideas with the Roman Empire, — a conflict from which Christianity
- issued as the leading force in history.
- The Slays are not so well known to Western Europe or to us as they are sure to
- be in the near future; hence the trilogy, with all its popularity and merit,
- is not appreciated yet as it will be.
- The conflict described in "Quo Vadis" is of supreme interest to a vast number
- of persons reading English; and this book will rouse, I think, more attention
- at first than anything written by Sienkiewicz hitherto.
- JEREMIAH CURTIN
- ILOM, NORTHERN GUATEMALA,
- June, 1896