His skill in marshalling facts and his clearness of diction were marvellous.
It aims less at clearness and vividness than at epigrammatic point.
Generally it may be said that throughout his long reign Francis Joseph remained the real ruler of his dominions; he not only kept in his hands the appointment and dismissal of his ministers, but himself directed their policy, and owing to the great knowledge of affairs, the unremitting diligence and clearness of apprehension, to which all who transacted business with him have borne testimony, lie was able to keep a very real control even of the details of government.
This subject has been recently treated with admirable clearness by Marti in his useful treatise Die Religion des A.T.
The art of his comedies consists in the clearness and simplicity with which the situation is presented and developed, and in the consistency and moderation with which his various characters play their parts.