To the literary, literal, and scientific mind purposeless fiction is abhorrent.
Fortunately we all are literally and scientifically inclined; the doom of
purposeless fiction is sounded; and it is a great comfort to believe that, in
the near future, only literary and scientific works suitable for man, woman,
child, and suffragette, are to adorn the lingerie-laden counters in our great
It is, then, with animation and confidence that the author politely offers to a
regenerated nation this modern, moral, literary, and highly scientific work,
thinly but ineffectually disguised as fiction, in deference to the prejudices of
a few old-fashioned story-readers who still survive among us.