Note: Word of the day!
That, upon the 22nd of April, 1871, a storm of glutinous drops neither jellyfish nor masses of frog spawn, but something of a [line missing here in original text. Ed.] railroad station, at Bath.
The novel is a challenge to vulgarization: write something that looks new to you: someone will point out that the thrice-accursed Greeks said it long ago.
Note: Indeed. "Thrice-accursed".
Trouble with this book is that we'll end up a lot of intellectual rou├ęs: we'll be incapable of being astonished with anything.