To my Childfriend.
I charm in vain; for never again,
All keenly as my glance I bend,
Will Memory, goddess coy,
Embody for my joy
Departed days, nor let me gaze
On thee, my fairy friend!
All keenly as my glance I bend,
Will Memory, goddess coy,
Embody for my joy
Departed days, nor let me gaze
On thee, my fairy friend!
Yet could thy face, in mystic grace,
A moment smile on me, 'twould send
Fardarting rays of light
From Heaven athwart the night,
By which to read in very deed
Thy spirit, sweetest friend!
A moment smile on me, 'twould send
Fardarting rays of light
From Heaven athwart the night,
By which to read in very deed
Thy spirit, sweetest friend!
So may the stream of Life's long dream
Flow gently onward to its end,
With many a floweret gay,
Adown its willowy way:
May no sigh vex, no care perplex,
My loving little friend!
Flow gently onward to its end,
With many a floweret gay,
Adown its willowy way:
May no sigh vex, no care perplex,
My loving little friend!
NOTA BENE.
With each copy of this Book is given an Envelope, containing a Diagram (similar to the frontispiece) on card, and nine Counters, four red and five grey.The Envelope, &c. can be had separately, at 3d. each.
The Author will be very grateful for suggestions, especially from beginners in Logic, of any alterations, or further explanations, that may seem desirable. Letters should be addressed to him at "29, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London."
PREFACE
"There foam'd rebellious Logic, gagg'd and bound."
This Game requires nine Countersfour of one colour and five of another: say four red and five grey.
Besides the nine Counters, it also requires one Player, AT LEAST. I am not aware of any Game that can be played with LESS than this number: while there are several that require MORE: take Cricket, for instance, which requires twentytwo. How much easier it is, when you want to play a Game, to find ONE Player than twentytwo. At the same time, though one Player is enough, a good deal more amusement may be got by two working at it together, and correcting each other's mistakes.
A second advantage, possessed by this Game, is that, besides being an endless source of amusement (the number of arguments, that may be worked by it, being infinite), it will give the Players a little instruction as well. But is there any great harm in THAT, so long as you get plenty of amusement?
By Lewis Carroll

9  10
  
 x 
 11  12 
    
ymy'
    
 13  14 
 x' 
  
15  16

COLOURS FOR 
COUNTERS 5  6
___  x 
  
See the Sun is overhead, yy'
Shining on us, FULL and   
RED!  x' 
7  8
Now the Sun is gone away, 
And the EMPTY sky is
GREY!
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THE GAME OF LOGIC
NEW LAMPS FOR OLD.
"Light come, light go."
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1. Propositions.
"Some new Cakes are nice."
"No new Cakes are nice."
"All new cakes are nice."
There are three 'PROPOSITIONS' for youthe only three kinds we
are going to use in this Game: and the first thing to be done is
to learn how to express them on the Board.
Let us begin with
"Some new Cakes are nice."
But before doing so, a remark has to be madeone that is rather important, and by no means easy to understand all in a moment: so please to read this VERY carefully.
The world contains many THINGS (such as "Buns", "Babies", "Beetles". "Battledores". &c.); and these Things possess many ATTRIBUTES (such as "baked", "beautiful", "black", "broken", &c.: in fact, whatever can be "attributed to", that is "said to belong to", any Thing, is an Attribute). Whenever we wish to mention a Thing, we use a SUBSTANTIVE: when we wish to mention an Attribute, we use an ADJECTIVE. People have asked the question "Can a Thing exist without any Attributes belonging to it?" It is a very puzzling question, and I'm not going to try to answer it: let us turn up our noses, and treat it with contemptuous silence, as if it really wasn't worth noticing. But, if they put it the other way, and ask "Can an Attribute exist without any Thing for it to belong to?", we may say at once "No: no more than a Baby could go a railwayjourney with no one to take care of it!" You never saw "beautiful" floating about in the air, or littered about on the floor, without any Thing to BE beautiful, now did you?
And now what am I driving at, in all this long rigmarole? It is this. You may put "is" or "are" between names of two THINGS (for example, "some Pigs are fat Animals"), or between the names of two ATTRIBUTES (for example, "pink is lightred"), and in each case it will make good sense. But, if you put "is" or "are" between the name of a THING and the name of an ATTRIBUTE (for example, "some Pigs are pink"), you do NOT make good sense (for how can a Thing BE an Attribute?) unless you have an understanding with the person to whom you are speaking. And the simplest understanding would, I think, be thisthat the Substantive shall be supposed to be repeated at the end of the sentence, so that the sentence, if written out in full, would be "some Pigs are pink (Pigs)". And now the word "are" makes quite good sense.
Thus, in order to make good sense of the Proposition "some new Cakes are nice", we must suppose it to be written out in full, in the form "some new Cakes are nice (Cakes)". Now this contains two 'TERMS'"new Cakes" being one of them, and "nice (Cakes)" the other. "New Cakes," being the one we are talking about, is called the 'SUBJECT' of the Proposition, and "nice (Cakes)" the 'PREDICATE'. Also this Proposition is said to be a 'PARTICULAR' one, since it does not speak of the WHOLE of its Subject, but only of a PART of it. The other two kinds are said to be 'UNIVERSAL', because they speak of the WHOLE of their Subjectsthe one denying niceness, and the other asserting it, of the WHOLE class of "new Cakes". Lastly, if you would like to have a definition of the word 'PROPOSITION' itself, you may take this:"a sentence stating that some, or none, or all, of the Things belonging to a certain class, called its 'Subject', are also Things belonging to a certain other class, called its 'Predicate'".
You will find these seven wordsPROPOSITION, ATTRIBUTE, TERM, SUBJECT, PREDICATE, PARTICULAR, UNIVERSALcharmingly useful, if any friend should happen to ask if you have ever studied Logic. Mind you bring all seven words into your answer, and you friend will go away deeply impressed'a sadder and a wiser man'.
Now please to look at the smaller Diagram on the Board, and suppose it to be a cupboard, intended for all the Cakes in the world (it would have to be a good large one, of course). And let us suppose all the new ones to be put into the upper half (marked 'x'), and all the rest (that is, the NOTnew ones) into the lower half (marked 'x''). Thus the lower half would contain ELDERLY Cakes, AGED Cakes, ANTEDILUVIAN Cakesif there are any: I haven't seen many, myselfand so on. Let us also suppose all the nice Cakes to be put into the lefthand half (marked 'y'), and all the rest (that is, the notnice ones) into the righthand half (marked 'y''). At present, then, we must understand x to mean "new", x' "notnew", y "nice", and y' "notnice."
And now what kind of Cakes would you expect to find in compartment No. 5?
It is part of the upper half, you see; so that, if it has any Cakes in it, they must be NEW: and it is part of the lefthand half; so that they must be NICE. Hence if there are any Cakes in this compartment, they must have the double 'ATTRIBUTE' "new and nice": or, if we use letters, the must be "x y."
Observe that the letters x, y are written on two of the edges of this compartment. This you will find a very convenient rule for knowing what Attributes belong to the Things in any compartment. Take No. 7, for instance. If there are any Cakes there, they must be "x' y", that is, they must be "notnew and nice."
Now let us make another agreementthat a red counter in a compartment shall mean that it is 'OCCUPIED', that is, that there are SOME Cakes in it. (The word 'some,' in Logic, means 'one or more' so that a single Cake in a compartment would be quite enough reason for saying "there are SOME Cakes here"). Also let us agree that a grey counter in a compartment shall mean that it is 'EMPTY', that is that there are NO Cakes in it. In the following Diagrams, I shall put '1' (meaning 'one or more') where you are to put a RED counter, and '0' (meaning 'none') where you are to put a GREY one.
As the Subject of our Proposition is to be "new Cakes", we are only concerned, at present, with the UPPER half of the cupboard, where all the Cakes have the attribute x, that is, "new."
Now, fixing our attention on this upper half, suppose we found it marked like this,

  
 1  
  

that is, with a red counter in No. 5. What would this tell us,
with regard to the class of "new Cakes"?
Would it not tell us that there are SOME of them in the x ycompartment? That is, that some of them (besides having the Attribute x, which belongs to both compartments) have the Attribute y (that is, "nice"). This we might express by saying "some xCakes are y(Cakes)", or, putting words instead of letters,
"Some new Cakes are nice (Cakes)",
or, in a shorter form,
"Some new Cakes are nice".
At last we have found out how to represent the first Proposition of this Section. If you have not CLEARLY understood all I have said, go no further, but read it over and over again, till you DO understand it. After that is once mastered, you will find all the rest quite easy.
It will save a little trouble, in doing the other Propositions, if we agree to leave out the word "Cakes" altogether. I find it convenient to call the whole class of Things, for which the cupboard is intended, the 'UNIVERSE.' Thus we might have begun this business by saying "Let us take a Universe of Cakes." (Sounds nice, doesn't it?)
Of course any other Things would have done just as well as Cakes. We might make Propositions about "a Universe of Lizards", or even "a Universe of Hornets". (Wouldn't THAT be a charming Universe to live in?)
So far, then, we have learned that

  
 1  
  

means "some x and y," i.e. "some new are nice."
I think you will see without further explanation, that

  
  1 
  

means "some x are y'," i.e. "some new are notnice."
Now let us put a GREY counter into No. 5, and ask ourselves the meaning of

  
 0  
  

This tells us that the x ycompartment is EMPTY, which we may express
by "no x are y", or, "no new Cakes are nice". This is the second
of the three Propositions at the head of this Section.
In the same way,

  
  0 
  

would mean "no x are y'," or, "no new Cakes are notnice."
What would you make of this, I wonder?

  
 1  1 
  

I hope you will not have much trouble in making out that this
represents a DOUBLE Proposition: namely, "some x are y, AND some
are y'," i.e. "some new are nice, and some are notnice."
The following is a little harder, perhaps:

  
 0  0 
  

This means "no x are y, AND none are y'," i.e. "no new are nice,
AND none are notnice": which leads to the rather curious result
that "no new exist," i.e. "no Cakes are new." This is because
"nice" and "notnice" make what we call an 'EXHAUSTIVE' division
of the class "new Cakes": i.e. between them, they EXHAUST the whole
class, so that all the new Cakes, that exist, must be found in one
or the other of them.
And now suppose you had to represent, with counters the contradictory to "no Cakes are new", which would be "some Cakes are new", or, putting letters for words, "some Cakes are x", how would you do it?
This will puzzle you a little, I expect. Evidently you must put a red counter SOMEWHERE in the xhalf of the cupboard, since you know there are SOME new Cakes. But you must not put it into the LEFTHAND compartment, since you do not know them to be NICE: nor may you put it into the RIGHTHAND one, since you do not know them to be NOTNICE.
What, then, are you to do? I think the best way out of the difficulty is to place the red counter ON THE DIVISIONLINE between the xycompartment and the xy'compartment. This I shall represent (as I always put '1' where you are to put a red counter) by the diagram

  
 1 
  

Our ingenious American cousins have invented a phrase to express
the position of a man who wants to join one or the other of two
partiessuch as their two parties 'Democrats' and 'Republicans'but
can't make up his mind WHICH. Such a man is said to be "sitting
on the fence." Now that is exactly the position of the red counter
you have just placed on the divisionline. He likes the look of
No. 5, and he likes the look of No. 6, and he doesn't know WHICH to
jump down into. So there he sits astride, silly fellow, dangling
his legs, one on each side of the fence!
Now I am going to give you a much harder one to make out. What does this mean?

  
 1  0 
  

This is clearly a DOUBLE Proposition. It tells us not only that
"some x are y," but also the "no x are NOT y." Hence the result
is "ALL x are y," i.e. "all new Cakes are nice", which is the last
of the three Propositions at the head of this Section.
We see, then, that the Universal Proposition
"All new Cakes are nice"
consists of TWO Propositions taken together, namely,
"Some new Cakes are nice,"
and "No new Cakes are notnice."
In the same way

  
 0  1 
  

would mean "all x are y' ", that is,
"All new Cakes are notnice."
Now what would you make of such a Proposition as "The Cake you have given me is nice"? Is it Particular or Universal?
"Particular, of course," you readily reply. "One single Cake is hardly worth calling 'some,' even."
No, my dear impulsive Reader, it is 'Universal'. Remember that, few as they are (and I grant you they couldn't well be fewer), they are (or rather 'it is') ALL that you have given me! Thus, if (leaving 'red' out of the question) I divide my Universe of Cakes into two classesthe Cakes you have given me (to which I assign the upper half of the cupboard), and those you HAVEN'T given me (which are to go below)I find the lower half fairly full, and the upper one as nearly as possible empty. And then, when I am told to put an upright division into each half, keeping the NICE Cakes to the left, and the NOTNICE ones to the right, I begin by carefully collecting ALL the Cakes you have given me (saying to myself, from time to time, "Generous creature! How shall I ever repay such kindness?"), and piling them up in the lefthand compartment. AND IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG TO DO IT!
Here is another Universal Proposition for you. "Barzillai Beckalegg is an honest man." That means "ALL the Barzillai Beckaleggs, that I am now considering, are honest men." (You think I invented that name, now don't you? But I didn't. It's on a carrier's cart, somewhere down in Cornwall.)
This kind of Universal Proposition (where the Subject is a single Thing) is called an 'INDIVIDUAL' Proposition.
Now let us take "NICE Cakes" as the Subject of Proposition: that is, let us fix our thoughts on the LEFTHAND half of the cupboard, where all the Cakes have attribute y, that is, "nice."

Suppose we find it marked like this:  
 1 
What would that tell us?  

 
 
 

I hope that it is not necessary, after explaining the HORIZONTAL
oblong so fully, to spend much time over the UPRIGHT one. I hope
you will see, for yourself, that this means "some y are x", that
is,
"Some nice Cakes are new."
"But," you will say, "we have had this case before. You put a red counter into No. 5, and you told us it meant 'some new Cakes are nice'; and NOW you tell us that it means 'some NICE Cakes are NEW'! Can it mean BOTH?"
The question is a very thoughtful one, and does you GREAT credit, dear Reader! It DOES mean both. If you choose to take x (that is, "new Cakes") as your Subject, and to regard No. 5 as part of a HORIZONTAL oblong, you may read it "some x are y", that is, "some new Cakes are nice": but, if you choose to take y (that is, "nice Cake") as your Subject, and to regard No. 5 as part of an UPRIGHT oblong, THEN you may read it "some y are x", that is, "some nice Cakes are new". They are merely two different ways of expressing the very same truth.
Without more words, I will simply set down the other ways in which this upright oblong might be marked, adding the meaning in each case. By comparing them with the various cases of the horizontal oblong, you will, I hope, be able to understand them clearly.
You will find it a good plan to examine yourself on this table, by covering up first one column and then the other, and 'dodging about', as the children say.
Also you will do well to write out for yourself two other tablesone for the LOWER half of the cupboard, and the other for its RIGHTHAND half.
And now I think we have said all we need to say about the smaller Diagram, and may go on to the larger one.
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Symbols.  Meanings.
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   Some y are x';
   i.e. Some nice are notnew.
 
  
 1  
  
 

 
   No y are x;
 0   i.e. No nice are new.
  
  [Observe that this is merely another way of
   expressing "No new are nice."]
  
  
 

 
  
   No y are x';
   i.e. No nice are notnew.
 
  
 0  
  
 

 
  
 1   Some y are x, and some are x';
   i.e. Some nice are new, and some are
  notnew.
  
 1  
  
 

 
  
 0   No y are x, and none are x'; i.e. No y
   exist;
  i.e. No Cakes are nice.
  
 0  
  
 

 
  
 1   All y are x;
   i.e. All nice are new.
 
  
 0  
  
 

 
  
 0   All y are x';
   i.e. All nice are notnew.
 
  
 1  
  
 
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This may be taken to be a cupboard divided in the same way as the last, but ALSO divided into two portions, for the Attribute m. Let us give to m the meaning "wholesome": and let us suppose that all WHOLESOME Cakes are placed INSIDE the central Square, and all the UNWHOLESOME ones OUTSIDE it, that is, in one or other of the four queershaped OUTER compartments.
We see that, just as, in the smaller Diagram, the Cakes in each compartment had TWO Attributes, so, here, the Cakes in each compartment have THREE Attributes: and, just as the letters, representing the TWO Attributes, were written on the EDGES of the compartment, so, here, they are written at the CORNERS. (Observe that m' is supposed to be written at each of the four outer corners.) So that we can tell in a moment, by looking at a compartment, what three Attributes belong to the Things in it. For instance, take No. 12. Here we find x, y', m, at the corners: so we know that the Cakes in it, if there are any, have the triple Attribute, 'xy'm', that is, "new, notnice, and wholesome." Again, take No. 16. Here we find, at the corners, x', y', m': so the Cakes in it are "notnew, notnice, and unwholesome." (Remarkably untempting Cakes!)
It would take far too long to go through all the Propositions, containing x and y, x and m, and y and m which can be represented on this diagram (there are ninetysix altogether, so I am sure you will excuse me!) and I must content myself with doing two or three, as specimens. You will do well to work out a lot more for yourself.
Taking the upper half by itself, so that our Subject is "new Cakes", how are we to represent "no new Cakes are wholesome"?
This is, writing letters for words, "no x are m." Now this tells us that none of the Cakes, belonging to the upper half of the cupboard, are to be found INSIDE the central Square: that is, the two compartments, No. 11 and No. 12, are EMPTY. And this, of course, is represented by

  
 __________ 
    
  0  0  
    

And now how are we to represent the contradictory Proposition "SOME x are m"? This is a difficulty I have already considered. I think the best way is to place a red counter ON THE DIVISIONLINE between No. 11 and No. 12, and to understand this to mean that ONE of the two compartments is 'occupied,' but that we do not at present know WHICH. This I shall represent thus:

  
 __________ 
    
  1  
    

Now let us express "all x are m."
This consists, we know, of TWO Propositions,
"Some x are m,"
and "No x are m'."
Let us express the negative part first. This tells us that none
of the Cakes, belonging to the upper half of the cupboard, are to
be found OUTSIDE the central Square: that is, the two compartments,
No. 9 and No. 10, are EMPTY. This, of course, is represented by

 0  0 
 __________ 
    
    
    

But we have yet to represent "Some x are m." This tells us that
there are SOME Cakes in the oblong consisting of No. 11 and No.
12: so we place our red counter, as in the previous example, on
the divisionline between No. 11 and No. 12, and the result is

 0  0 
 __________ 
    
  1  
    

Now let us try one or two interpretations.
What are we to make of this, with regard to x and y?

  0 
 __________ 
    
  1  0  
    

This tells us, with regard to the xy'Square, that it is wholly 'empty', since BOTH compartments are so marked. With regard to the xySquare, it tells us that it is 'occupied'. True, it is only ONE compartment of it that is so marked; but that is quite enough, whether the other be 'occupied' or 'empty', to settle the fact that there is SOMETHING in the Square.
If, then, we transfer our marks to the smaller Diagram, so as to get rid of the msubdivisions, we have a right to mark it

  
 1  0 
  

which means, you know, "all x are y."
The result would have been exactly the same, if the given oblong had been marked thus:

 1  0 
 __________ 
    
   0  
    

Once more: how shall we interpret this, with regard to x and y?

 0  1 
 __________ 
    
    
    

This tells us, as to the xySquare, that ONE of its compartments is 'empty'. But this information is quite useless, as there is no mark in the OTHER compartment. If the other compartment happened to be 'empty' too, the Square would be 'empty': and, if it happened to be 'occupied', the Square would be 'occupied'. So, as we do not know WHICH is the case, we can say nothing about THIS Square.
The other Square, the xy'Square, we know (as in the previous example) to be 'occupied'.
If, then, we transfer our marks to the smaller Diagram, we get merely this:

  
  1 
  

which means, you know, "some x are y'."
These principles may be applied to all the other
oblongs. For instance, to represent
"all y' are m'" we should mark the 
RIGHTHAND UPRIGHT OBLONG (the one  
that has the attribute y') thus:  
 0  
1
 0  
 
 

and, if we were told to interpret the lower half of the cupboard,
marked as follows, with regard to x and y,

    
   0  
    
  
 1  0 

we should transfer it to the smaller Diagram thus,

  
 1  0 
  

and read it "all x' are y."
Two more remarks about Propositions need to be made.
One is that, in every Proposition beginning with "some" or "all", the ACTUAL EXISTENCE of the 'Subject' is asserted. If, for instance, I say "all misers are selfish," I mean that misers ACTUALLY EXIST. If I wished to avoid making this assertion, and merely to state the LAW that miserliness necessarily involves selfishness, I should say "no misers are unselfish" which does not assert that any misers exist at all, but merely that, if any DID exist, they WOULD be selfish.
The other is that, when a Proposition begins with "some" or "no", and contains more that two Attributes, these Attributes may be rearranged, and shifted from one Term to the other, "ad libitum." For example, "some abc are def" may be rearranged as "some bf are acde," each being equivalent to "some Things are abcdef". Again "No wise old men are rash and reckless gamblers" may be rearranged as "No rash old gamblers are wise and reckless," each being equivalent to "No men are wise old rash reckless gamblers."
2. Syllogisms
Now suppose we divide our Universe of Things in three ways, with regard to three different Attributes. Out of these three Attributes, we may make up three different couples (for instance, if they were a, b, c, we might make up the three couples ab, ac, bc). Also suppose we have two Propositions given us, containing two of these three couples, and that from them we can prove a third Proposition containing the third couple. (For example, if we divide our Universe for m, x, and y; and if we have the two Propositions given us, "no m are x'" and "all m' are y", containing the two couples mx and my, it might be possible to prove from them a third Proposition, containing x and y.)
In such a case we call the given Propositions 'THE PREMISSES', the third one 'THE CONCLUSION' and the whole set 'A SYLLOGISM'.
Evidently, ONE of the Attributes must occur in both Premisses; or else one must occur in ONE Premiss, and its CONTRADICTORY in the other.
In the first case (when, for example, the Premisses are "some m are x" and "no m are y'") the Term, which occurs twice, is called 'THE MIDDLE TERM', because it serves as a sort of link between the other two Terms.
In the second case (when, for example, the Premisses are "no m are x'" and "all m' are y") the two Terms, which contain these contradictory Attributes, may be called 'THE MIDDLE TERMS'.
Thus, in the first case, the class of "mThings" is the Middle Term; and, in the second case, the two classes of "mThings" and "m'Things" are the Middle Terms.
The Attribute, which occurs in the Middle Term or Terms, disappears in the Conclusion, and is said to be "eliminated", which literally means "turned out of doors".
Now let us try to draw a Conclusion from the two Premisses
"Some new Cakes are unwholesome;
No nice Cakes are unwholesome."
In order to express them with counters, we need to divide Cakes in
THREE different ways, with regard to newness, to niceness, and to
wholesomeness. For this we must use the larger Diagram, making x
mean "new", y "nice", and m "wholesome". (Everything INSIDE the
central Square is supposed to have the attribute m, and everything
OUTSIDE it the attribute m', i.e. "notm".)
You had better adopt the rule to make m mean the Attribute which occurs in the MIDDLE Term or Terms. (I have chosen m as the symbol, because 'middle' begins with 'm'.)
Now, in representing the two Premisses, I prefer to begin with the NEGATIVE one (the one beginning with "no"), because GREY counters can always be placed with CERTAINTY, and will then help to fix the position of the red counters, which are sometimes a little uncertain where they will be most welcome.
Let us express, the "no nice Cakes are unwholesome (Cakes)", i.e. "no yCakes are m'(Cakes)". This tells us that none of the Cakes belonging to the yhalf of the cupboard are in its m'compartments (i.e. the ones outside the central Square). Hence the two compartments, No. 9 and No. 15, are both 'EMPTY'; and we must place a grey counter in EACH of them, thus:

0  
  
    

    
  
0  

We have now to express the other Premiss, namely, "some new Cakes are unwholesome (Cakes)", i.e. "some xCakes are m'(Cakes)". This tells us that some of the Cakes in the xhalf of the cupboard are in its m'compartments. Hence ONE of the two compartments, No. 9 and No. 10, is 'occupied': and, as we are not told in WHICH of these two compartments to place the red counter, the usual rule would be to lay it on the divisionline between them: but, in this case, the other Premiss has settled the matter for us, by declaring No. 9 to be EMPTY. Hence the red counter has no choice, and MUST go into No. 10, thus:

0  1
  
    

    
  
0  

And now what counters will this information enable us to place in the SMALLER Diagram, so as to get some Proposition involving x and y only, leaving out m? Let us take its four compartments, one by one.
First, No. 5. All we know about THIS is that its OUTER portion is empty: but we know nothing about its inner portion. Thus the Square MAY be empty, or it MAY have something in it. Who can tell? So we dare not place ANY counter in this Square.
Secondly, what of No. 6? Here we are a little better off. We know that there is SOMETHING in it, for there is a red counter in its outer portion. It is true we do not know whether its inner portion is empty or occupied: but what does THAT matter? One solitary Cake, in one corner of the Square, is quite sufficient excuse for saying "THIS SQUARE IS OCCUPIED", and for marking it with a red counter.
As to No. 7, we are in the same condition as with No. 5we find it PARTLY 'empty', but we do not know whether the other part is empty or occupied: so we dare not mark this Square.
And as to No. 8, we have simply no information at all.
The result is

  1 

  

Our 'Conclusion', then, must be got out of the rather meager piece of information that there is a red counter in the xy'Square. Hence our Conclusion is "some x are y' ", i.e. "some new Cakes are notnice (Cakes)": or, if you prefer to take y' as your Subject, "some notnice Cakes are new (Cakes)"; but the other looks neatest.
We will now write out the whole Syllogism, putting the symbol &there4[*] for "therefore", and omitting "Cakes", for the sake of brevity, at the end of each Proposition.
[*][NOTE from Brett: The use of "&there4" is a rather arbitrary selection. There is no font available in general practice which renders the "therefore" symbol correction (three dots in a triangular formation). This can be done, however, in HTML, so if this document is read in a browser, then the symbol will be properly recognized. This is a poor man's excuse.]
"Some new Cakes are unwholesome;
No nice Cakes are unwholesome
&there4 Some new Cakes are notnice."
And you have now worked out, successfully, your first 'SYLLOGISM'.
Permit me to congratulate you, and to express the hope that it is
but the beginning of a long and glorious series of similar victories!
We will work out one other Syllogisma rather harder one than the lastand then, I think, you may be safely left to play the Game by yourself, or (better) with any friend whom you can find, that is able and willing to take a share in the sport.
Let us see what we can make of the two Premisses
"All Dragons are uncanny;
All Scotchmen are canny."
Remember, I don't guarantee the Premisses to be FACTS. In the first place, I never even saw a Dragon: and, in the second place, it isn't of the slightest consequence to us, as LOGICIANS, whether our Premisses are true or false: all WE have to do is to make out whether they LEAD LOGICALLY TO THE CONCLUSION, so that, if THEY were true, IT would be true also.
You see, we must give up the "Cakes" now, or our cupboard will be of no use to us. We must take, as our 'Universe', some class of things which will include Dragons and Scotchmen: shall we say 'Animals'? And, as "canny" is evidently the Attribute belonging to the 'Middle Terms', we will let m stand for "canny", x for "Dragons", and y for "Scotchmen". So that our two Premisses are, in full,
"All DragonAnimals are uncanny (Animals);
All ScotchmanAnimals are canny (Animals)."
And these may be expressed, using letters for words, thus:
"All x are m';
All y are m."
The first Premiss consists, as you already know, of two parts:
"Some x are m',"
and "No x are m."
And the second also consists of two parts:
"Some y are m,"
and "No y are m'."
Let us take the negative portions first.
We have, then, to mark, on the larger Diagram, first, "no x are m", and secondly, "no y are m'". I think you will see, without further explanation, that the two results, separately, are
 
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and that these two, when combined, give us

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We have now to mark the two positive portions, "some x are m'" and "some y are m".
The only two compartments, available for Things which are xm', are No. 9 and No. 10. Of these, No. 9 is already marked as 'empty'; so our red counter must go into No. 10.
Similarly, the only two, available for ym, are No. 11 and No. 13. Of these, No. 11 is already marked as 'empty'; so our red counter MUST go into No. 13.
The final result is

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And now how much of this information can usefully be transferred to the smaller Diagram?
Let us take its four compartments, one by one.
As to No. 5? This, we see, is wholly 'empty'. (So mark it with a grey counter.)
As to No. 6? This, we see, is 'occupied'. (So mark it with a red counter.)
As to No. 7? Ditto, ditto.
As to No. 8? No information.
The smaller Diagram is now pretty liberally marked:

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And now what Conclusion can we read off from this? Well, it is impossible to pack such abundant information into ONE Proposition: we shall have to indulge in TWO, this time.
First, by taking x as Subject, we get "all x are y'", that is,
"All Dragons are notScotchmen":
secondly, by taking y as Subject, we get "all y are x'", that is,
"All Scotchmen are notDragons".
Let us now write out, all together, our two Premisses and our brace of Conclusions.
"All Dragons are uncanny;
All Scotchmen are canny.
&there4 All Dragons are notScotchmen;
All Scotchmen are notDragons."
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