I had a hard time deciding whether Sidney Blumenthal's articles {Style, Nov. 23, 24 and 25} were a paean or an apologia. Some other printed media felt that Richard Perle had long been a thorn in Secretary of State George Shultz's side and that "Skywalker Reagan" had made yet another mistake in sending the Prince of Darkness to the Evil Empire. Mr. Perle was portrayed as a graceless member of our negotiating team, negating all Russian proposals and even commenting boorishly on Russian food.

It was Mr. Perle also who scoffed at Carl Sagan's terrifying image of a nuclear winter. Then along came Chernobyl with radiation spewing beyond the Russian borders into Sweden, killing thousands of reindeer, upon which the Laplanders depend for food and transportation, and contaminating the earth and nearby reservoirs.

One noted with interest that after Richard Perle gave notice of his resignation as of June '87, Mr. Shultz and Eduard Shevardnadze and their staffs were able to meet without hostility and begin to plan ways and means to achieve an arms-control treaty.

Mr. Blumenthal would have been better advised to write a paean to George Shultz. He really deserves it.

MAVIS W. DAVIS Silver Spring

I certainly enjoyed Sidney Blumenthal's three-part series on Richard Perle -- the quintessential hard-liner.

I could not help wondering, however, how much of Mr. Perle's hard-line views were based on the error in the Winston Churchill quotation which occupies a place of prominence in his study.

I think it is important that Mr. Perle and Post readers be apprised of the complete quotation that Mr. Churchill gave at his famous speech at the Harrow School. After all, there may be situations where even hard-liners may want to "give in," as Mr. Churchill himself recognized: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never -- in nothing great or small, large or petty -- Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

I may be wrong, but I believe that even Mr. Perle would give in to those two omitted items -- honor and good sense.