he was not communicative about himself except when he had an object in view, but he had told her something of his life, and his officers and langsdorff had told more.
"by day, if he should be alone
- at home or on a walk -
you merely give a hollow groan,
to indicate the kind of tone
in which you mean to talk.
come those northwinds which at that time of year
men name the etesian blasts, and, blowing thus
upstream, retard, and, forcing back his waves,
fill him o'erfull and force his flow to stop
but martimor had much to do to learn the working of the mill; and they were busied with the grinding of wheat and rye and barley and divers kinds of grain; and the millers hurts were mended every day; and at night there was merry rest and good cheer; and martimor talked with the maid of the great adventure that he must find; and thus the delay endured in pleasant wise.
several were of opinion that the best way would be to kill us all at once, and affirmed that no other means were left of re-establishing order and tranquillity in the kingdom.
"you villian, will you finish?" cried d'artagnan, "athos-what has become of athos?"
the myths and customs and beliefs which, in an advanced stage of culture, seem meaningless save when characterized by some quaintly wrought device of symbolic explanation, did not seem meaningless in the lower culture which gave birth to them. myths, like words, survive their primitive meanings.
they find themselves surrounded by hideous poverty, by hideous ugliness, by hideous starvation. it is inevitable that they should be strongly moved by all this. the emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence; and, as i pointed out some time ago in an article on the function of criticism, it is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought. accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see. but their remedies do not cure the disease: they merely prolong it.