These are fourteen talks given apparently starting in 1917 to the students at Eton. They are chapel talks, some closest I think to what we might call exhortations and others really a form of parable. They often have an imaginative character. The author, a former headmaster at Eton, will describe himself as dreaming or as hearing the founder (King Henry VI) speaking. Perhaps the closest to a fable is The Two Palaces (52) about two servants who, commanded to build the king a palace, take alternative approaches. The first builds himself a house and waits to learn what the king wants. The second has only a shack for himself but has started a magnificent palace for the king. At their best, these sermons work from a good metaphor or image. At their worst, they labor a bit.
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