Whether he shall be put into the main road by constables, or by beadles, or by bell-ringing, or by force of figures, or by correct principles of taste, or by high church, or by low church, or by no church; whether he shall be set to splitting trusses of polemical straws with the crooked knife of his mind or whether he shall be put to stone-breaking instead.
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Half way through the book it changed from a dispassionate history to a polemic.
She published a polemic arguing that orchestras are now on "the sidelines of culture" and that their decline is "unstoppable".