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My Garden Acquaintance; And a Good Word for Winter Volume 3 (Paperback) Loot Price: R331 Discovery Miles 3 310
My Garden Acquaintance; And a Good Word for Winter Volume 3 (Paperback): James Russell Lowell
My Garden Acquaintance; And a Good Word for Winter Volume 3 (Paperback): James Russell Lowell

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My Garden Acquaintance; And a Good Word for Winter Volume 3 (Paperback)

James Russell Lowell

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... aEsajlEN scarcely know how beautiful fire think there are a good many other things concerning which their knowledge might be largely, increased without becoming burdensome. Nor are they altogether reluctant to be taught, --not so reluctant, perhaps, as unable, --and education is sure to find one fulcrum ready to her hand by which to get a purchase on them. For most of us, I have noticed, are not without an amiable willingness to assist at any spectacle or entertainment (loosely so called) for which no fee is charged at the door. If special tickets are sent us, another element of pleasure is added in a sense of privilege and preeminence (pitiably scarce in a democracy) so deeply rooted in human nature that I have seen people take a strange satisfaction in being near of kin to the mute chief personage in a funeral. It gave them a moment's advantage over the rest of us whose grief was rated at a lower place in the procession. But the words "admission free" at the bottom of a handbill, though holding out no bait of inequality, have yet a singular charm for many minds, especially in the country. There is something touching in the constancy with which men attend free lectures, and in the honest patience with which they listen to them. He who pays may yawn or shift testily in his seat, or even go out with an awful reverberation of criticism, for he has bought the right to do any or all of these and paid for it. But gratuitous hearers are anaesthetized to suffering by a sense of virtue. They are performing perhaps the noblest, as it is one of the most difficult, of human functions in getting Something (no matter how small) for Nothing. They are not pestered by the awful duty of securing their money's worth. They are wasting time, to do which elegantly and...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2012
First published: July 2012
Authors: James Russell Lowell
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 1mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 18
ISBN-13: 978-1-154-43929-8
Barcode: 9781154439298
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-154-43929-1

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