A remarkable feature of Euclid's, and of all Greek geometry before Archimedes is that it eschews mensuration . Thus the theorem that the area of a triangle equals half the product of its base and its altitude is foreign to Euclid.
We live in an age which eschews sentimentality as if it were a good deal more than the devil. (Actually, of course, a writer may be just as sentimental in laying undue emphasis on sexual crimes as on dying mothers: sentimental, like scientific, is an adjective that relates to method, not to matter.)Randall Jarrell