Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 36JOSCELYN
just; can always afford to be generous, and when exercised without
fear, and with a good conscience, is lord over all the beasts. The
conflict before us is one which will bring all these beasts into
exercise. It is for you and me, if we can, to find and put in
active service the brain of our best manhood. Study for that, and
you must be wise."
With these words, a certain time having elapsed, Joscelyn put
the bugle to his mouth, and winded a noble blast. Presently the
children came bounding into school, and were instantly subdued to
quiet by a word. They had fed as well as played. The teacher
then spoke to them as follows :
"There are some tall boys among you," he said, "who may well
persuade their fathers to take them to the gathering to-morrow.
You will hear one of the great statesmen of your country speak
on matters well worthy to be known, and which must vitally affect
your interests hereafter. It is proper that you should hear him.
He will probably teach you much better than I can. Hearken to
his words and understand them, if you can. It will not be difficult,
if you pay proper attention, for the good speaker can always make
himself understood, no matter what his subject, by the humblest
of his audience. Go, now, my children, and behave yourselves as
you should. I shall hope to meet some of you at the gathering
to-morrow, for I too shall go thither, with the hope to acquire in-
formation, and I trust knowledge. We will try and learn together."
And so he dismissed them. Dick Marvin soon took his departure
also, with his boy, promising to join Joscelyn at a certain hour
in the morning.
Left' alone, Stephen Joscelyn sate in moody meditation, brood-
ing in silence, and in a sort of reverie which made no exhibitions
calculated to inform us of the subject of his thoughts. In some
respects, he was a lonely man. His infirmity probably tended
much to confirm him in a habit of solitude. There were books
about him, but now he did not read. His temperament, implied
in his powerful physique, was one designed for action. Nursed in,
solitude, he was keenly sensitive, and possibly but for his temper-
ament, which was ardent in a high degree, he would have shrunk
wholly from society. It is not easy to conceive how much one
suffers, who, from natural or other disabilities, is forced to feel a