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1838. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. The growth of time may be
appropriately likened to the growth of the aloe, which will not put
forth its blossoms on complusion, or permit its operations to be
vexatiously hurried by any absurd attempts to trouble the earth
around it. Yet, by waiting patiently, we shall find that many
events will inevitably occur, for which we had not only made no
preparation, but upon which we never could have calculated. It will
not fail also to be remembered, by the reminiscent and sagacious
reader, that he has frequently gone forth in search of one thing or
person, which or whom he might reasonably expect to find, and that,
nevertheless, he has not discovered it or him; and that on the
contrary, some other thing or person has made itself apparent to
him, which or whom he had no design of seeking, and no expectation,
however slight, of having the happiness to meet. Thus, sometimes,
an individual goes forth with the express intention of laying a
cudgel over the shoulders of his wronger, and is suddenly presented
with an unforeseen kicking from a third party, whom he, strange to
say, has wronged. Thus, also, the devout cook ascends the areafor
the purpose of seeking the parish church; and, instead thereof,
meets by the way with the dapper groom attached to the adjacent
livery stables, whose converse sweet, fraught with the plan of
prospective public-house--rendered visible to her mental eye by its
fanciful sign of "The Wooden Spoon and Stomach-ache,"--causes her
at once to marvel at the agreeable encounter, and to adopt plans to
facilitate its recurrence. I have thus, at too much length,
perhaps, illustrated my meaning, and prepared the reader for what
is to follow. When I started out one morning, for the purpose of
tracingaclue which had been afforded me to t...
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