In many respects the two preceding statements represent the continuing polarities, the ScyIla and Charybdis, of the life and thought ofJ Robbins Kidd. Both life and thought have to be considered in any appreciation ofhim. To treat them separately would be to risk failing to grasp the essence of the man, the essence of the 'adult education movement' with which he was so intimately associated, and the character of the relationship between the two.