Three-Cornered Essays, by a Middle-Aged Englishman [Signed F.A.]

Three-Cornered Essays, by a Middle-Aged Englishman [Signed F.A.]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... adapt our procedure in the crowd by the meditation and resolve of our solitary hours..."Like ships about to proceed on a long voyage, we need to withdraw for a time from the attractions of a crowded harbour, and correct our compasses before setting sail." A crowd is very easily influenced for good. As Carlyle points out, where the bell-wether sheep jumps, all the other sheep jump in their turn. Fortunately good behaviour is as infectious as bad. If we ourselves behave well in a crowd, it is possible that the crowd also will behave itself to admiration. Each man is necessarily social; he has his life in the crowd as well as by himself. Let there be good behaviour at home, especially in the home of a man's own heart, and there will be good behaviour in a crowd. ON ANGULAEITIES AND CANTANKEKOUSNESS. IT becomes my painful duty on the present occasion to say something respecting angularities and general crankiness or cantankerousness. Not that we in the least suspect ourselves, beloved reader, of any such unfortunate failings. But perhaps we all know some persons in whom we have constantly to detect and deplore their existence. A friend of mine tells me that he is not cantankerous himself, but he has a friend who knows a man who has a cousin liable to the complaint. In a mild sense we may even go so far as to admit that most individual characters may have--let us take the smoother term, and say--their angularities. They may possess a moral boniness. They may be sending, allegorically speaking, their arms and knees and elbows into their neighbour's sides. For instance, their friends find by experience that it is best to avoid in their presence certain topics of conversation. It is so easy to tread on their theological or political...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236852559
  • 9781236852557