Chrissy was at a loss to understand why he had suddenly lost all interest in the studies and seemed preoccupied with other thoughts. She was beginning to grow discouraged, and was sorely tempted to abandon any further attempts at instruction, when Machecawa suddenly left her one morning as she sat by the table with the open book, and, approaching his white brother, said, in broken English: She also ate the unaccustomed bread of idleness. Had her aunt permitted, she would delightedly have helped with the house-work. But Madame Robineau, widow of a dealer in grain who, before his death, had retired on a comfortable fortune, lived, according to her lights, at her ease, her wants being scrupulously administered to by a cook and a maid. There was no place in the domestic machine for F茅lise. Her aunt passed long chilly hours over ecclesiastical embroidery, sitting bolt upright in her chair with a chaufferette beneath her feet. F茅lise, unaccustomed needlewoman, passed longer and chillier hours (having no chaufferette) either playing with a grey ascetic cat or reading aloud La Croix, the only newspaper allowed to cross the threshold of the house. Now and again, Madame Robineau would drop her thin hands into her lap and regard her disapprovingly. One day she said, interrupting the reading, We who have succeeded are so apt to tell new aspirants not to aspire, because the thing to be done may probably be beyond their reach. 鈥淢y dear young lady, had you not better stay at home and darn your stockings?鈥?鈥淎s, sir, you have asked for my candid opinion, I can only counsel you to try some other work of life which may be better suited to your abilities.鈥?What old-established successful author has not said such words as these to humble aspirants for critical advice, till they have become almost formulas? No doubt there is cruelty in such answers; but the man who makes them has considered the matter within himself, and has resolved that such cruelty is the best mercy. No doubt the chances against literary aspirants are very great. It is so easy to aspire 鈥?and to begin! A man cannot make a watch or a shoe without a variety of tools and many materials. He must also have learned much. But any young lady can write a book who has a sufficiency of pens and paper. It can be done anywhere; in any clothes 鈥?which is a great thing; at any hours 鈥?to which happy accident in literature I owe my success. And the success, when achieved, is so pleasant! The aspirants, of course, are very many; and the experienced councillor, when asked for his candid judgment as to this or that effort, knows that among every hundred efforts there will be ninety-nine failures. Then the answer is so ready: 鈥淢y dear young lady, do darn your stockings; it will be for the best.鈥?Or perhaps, less tenderly, to the male aspirant: 鈥淵ou must earn some money, you say. Don鈥檛 you think that a stool in a counting-house might be better?鈥?The advice will probably be good advice 鈥?probably, no doubt, as may be proved by the terrible majority of failures. But who is to be sure that he is not expelling an angel from the heaven to which, if less roughly treated, he would soar 鈥?that he is not dooming some Milton to be mute and inglorious, who, but for such cruel ill-judgment, would become vocal to all ages? "The affair so unnerved the bride that she escaped through the back door and took rooms here." 鈥淚 beg your pardon. I didn鈥檛 mean to be impertinent,鈥?said Martin. 国产av在在免费线观看,国产免费视频在观看,免费v片在线观看网站 ON his return to Cambridge in the May term of 1858, Ernest and a few other friends who were also intended for orders came to the conclusion that they must now take a more serious view of their position. They therefore attended chapel more regularly than hitherto, and held evening meetings of a somewhat furtive character, at which they would study the New Testament. They even began to commit the Epistles of St. Paul to memory in the original Greek. They got up Beveridge on the Thirty-nine Articles, and Pearson on the Creed; in their hours of recreation they read More鈥檚 鈥淢ystery of Godliness,鈥?which Ernest thought was charming, and Taylor鈥檚 鈥淗oly Living and Dying,鈥?which also impressed him deeply, through what he thought was the splendour of its language. They handed themselves over to the guidance of Dean Alford鈥檚 notes on the Greek Testament, which made Ernest better understand what was meant by 鈥渄ifficulties,鈥?but also made him feel how shallow and impotent were the conclusions arrived at by German neologians, with whose works, being innocent of German, he was not otherwise acquainted. Some of the friends who joined him in these pursuits were Johnians, and the meetings were often held within the walls of St. John鈥檚. 鈥業 shall just look in,鈥?he said. 鈥榃ill you come to the opening and to the lunch afterwards with your brother? There is a table for some dozen of my staff.鈥?