"Well, as I say, I found myself on a certain night a partaker of
all this cheerfulness. I was one guest among many; there were
explorers and ambassadors and great scientific personages and
judges, and the author who has given the world the best laughter
that it has enjoyed since Dickens died: in a word, I was in much
more distinguished company than that to which I am accustomed. And
after dinner the Persians (as I will call them) have a kindly and
courteous custom of praising their guests; and to my astonishment
and delight the speaker brought me into his oration and said the
kindest and most glowing things imaginable about a translation I
once made of the "Heptameron" of Margaret of Navarre. I was
heartily pleased; I hold with Foker in "Pendennis" that every
fellow likes a hand. Praise is grateful, especially when there has
not been too much of it."
"Far Off Things" is a series of autobiographical sketches by the
great Arthur Machen; notice how even in fairly mundane prose from
nearly the beginning, there's a haunting quality to the words
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