We shrink from the unmorality
of the Latin races, but Hardy has divined in the heart of our own race a lingering heathenism, which, if not Greek, has certainly been no more baptized than the neo-hellenism of the Parisians.
Scientists are in a sense worse, since "all Nature shrieked of its unconsciousness and impersonal unmorality
in the light of their scientific discoveries." To Carter, scientific curiosity and religious fervor are only variations of the same malady that drives humans to seek, unhealthily, the illusion of certainty.
was in the tradition of the best and most educated ideas about Chaucer; Stothard was the inheritor of the most fashionable ideas and the worst." By "best and most educated," Chesterton here means those ideas based on a thorough understanding of medieval society, philosophy, and religion, and it is Blake's understanding of these ideas that makes him a type of the artist that has "eternally been offered" against the type of the "sound technical artist." It is in this contrast between the technically and the ethically sound artist wherein lies the true significance of the otherwise trivial quarrel between Blake and Stothard: "The whole incident cannot be without its moral and effect for all discussions about the morality or unmorality