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Longmans, Green and Company, 1896 - 83 ページ
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16 ページ - THE PENITENT A MAN met a lad weeping. "What do you weep for?" he asked. "I am weeping for my sins," said the lad. " You must have little to do," said the man. The next day they met again. Once more the lad was weeping. " Why do you weep now ? " asked the man. "I am weeping because I have nothing to eat,
16 ページ - ... take and brandish that through the inflammable forest! I hear this dell roar in a moment with the joint voice of wind and fire, I see myself gallop for my soul, and the flying conflagration chase and outflank me through the hills; I see this pleasant forest burn for days, and the cattle roasted, and the springs dried up, and the farmer ruined, and his children cast upon the world. What a world hangs upon this moment!" With that he struck the match, and it missed fire. "Thank God...
12 ページ - SIR," said the first lieutenant, bursting into the Captain's cabin, " the ship is going down." " Very well, Mr. Spoker," said the Captain ; " but that is no reason for going about half-shaved. Exercise your mind a moment, Mr. Spoker, and you will see that to the philosophic eye there is nothing new in our position : the ship (if she is to go down at all) may be said to have been going down since she was launched." " She is settling fast," said the first lieutenant, as he returned from shaving. "...
16 ページ - Nothing could possibly be fairer," said the sick man. "The strong should be preferred in all cases, because they are of more service in the world." The fireman pondered a while, for he was a man of some philosophy. "Granted," said he at last, as a part of the roof fell in; "but for the sake of conversation, what would you lay down as the proper service of the strong?" "Nothing can possibly be easier," returned the sick man: "the proper service of the strong is to help the weak.
21 ページ - THE YELLOW PAINT. IN a certain city, there lived a physician who sold yellow paint. This was of so singular a virtue that whoso was bedaubed with it from head to heel was set free from the dangers of life, and the bondage of sin, and the fear of death forever. So the physician said in his prospectus ; and so said all the citizens in the city ; and there was nothing more urgent in men's hearts than to be properly painted themselves, and nothing they took more delight in than to see others painted....
16 ページ - Do not save me," said the sick man. "Save those who are strong." "Will you kindly tell me why?" inquired the fireman, for he was a civil fellow. "Nothing could possibly be fairer," said the sick man. "The strong should be preferred in all cases, because they are of more service in the world." The fireman pondered a while, for he was a man of some philosophy. "Granted...
8 ページ - I don't rightly know for that," said Silver; "and I don't see what it's got to do with it, anyway. What I know is this : if there is sich a thing as a Author, I'm his favourite chara'ter. He does me fathoms better'n he does you — fathoms, he does. And he likes doing me. He keeps me on deck mostly all the time, crutch and all; and he leaves you measling in the hold, where nobody can't see you, nor wants to, and you may lay to that! If there is a Author, by thunder, but he's on my side, and you may...
56 ページ - If you are quite sure it will prevail?" says the priest. "I pledge my word for that," said the virtuous person. So the other began to go on again with a better heart. At last one came running, and told them all was lost: that the powers of darkness had besieged the Heavenly Mansions, that Odin was to die, and evil triumph. "I have been grossly deceived," cried the virtuous person. "All is lost now,
52 ページ - Are you going to respect a taboo at a time like this? And you were always so opposed to taboos when you were alive!" "To other people's," said the missionary. "Never to my own." — Robert Louis Stevenson, Something In It. Within eight years of arriving, the Rev. Mr. Bingham, proud of his record of having once prayed for an hour and a half hand running, was preaching in a pole-and-thatch tabernacle in Honolulu to congregations of 2,000 natives. On the Big Island in the 'thirties...
14 ページ - Spoker," returned the Captain gently. "But let us proceed." In the powder magazine they found an old salt smoking his pipe. "Good God," cried the Captain, "what are you about?" ''Well, sir," said the old salt, apologetically, "they told me as she were going down." "And suppose she were?" said the Captain. "To the philosophic eye, there would be nothing new in our position. Life, my old shipmate, life, at any moment and in any view, is as dangerous as a sinking ship; and yet it is man's handsome fashion...

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