E.C. Marchant (1864-1960), Greek Reader, Vol. I. Selected and Adapted with English Notes from Professor von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff's Griechisches Lesebuch
(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1905), p. iii:
By a lucky
accident I escaped the Hecuba and Alcestis when I was
beginning Greek; but a course of parasangs inspired
in me a hatred of Xenophon so intense that it took me
twenty years to forgive him. Whatever estimate be
formed of Xenophon's merits as a writer, it is, I think,
certain that he cannot stand the ordeal of being spelt
out line by line and sentence by sentence. He is
tolerable only when he is read quickly, as he wrote.
As for Euripides, even if the words are intelligible to
a young learner, what is he to make of the feeling?
What's Hecuba to him? And whom should we pity
the most — the heroine or the poet, or the beginner
who wonders what on earth they are at and heartily
hates them both?