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The discussion begins in Thrums, a mountain-village north of the Tweed. The Little Minister, from the ethnologist's point of view, is a useful compilation of the habits, customs and superstitions of the tribe which inhabits Thrums. The story is told, as everyone knows, through the Dominie, a character who possesses the germ of that trick of observation which Barrie afterwards turned to account, and also the quality of secular piety which suffuses the whole of Barrie's work. The most favourable critic, this chapter would not assert that Lord Rintoul, in The Little Minister, was anything but a literary machine, a naughty English lord from a feuilleton, a foil to a God-fearing monogamous Scot. A few years ago, in a Rectorial Address at St. Andrews University, Sir James Barrie anticipated a criticism of the older by the younger generation, whom he imagines saying that the older generations avoidance of frankness in life and in the arts.