But as to the main argument,鈥攚hether the result is worth the outlay,鈥擨 should be disposed to say at once frankly that, from a purely mercantile point of view, it certainly is not. Very often indeed the immediate results, seen to follow upon Missionary work, are not at all commensurate with the amount of money spent. Many a Missionary has given his time, his income, his life, his all, for the sake of no apparent results in his own lifetime. There have been grand men, who have toiled steadily on through ten years, twenty years, thirty years; and at the close, if they have had any converts at all to show for their labours, those converts could be counted on their fingers. There is no portion of a novelist鈥檚 work in which this fault of episodes is so common as in the dialogue. It is so easy to make any two persons talk on any casual subject with which the writer presumes himself to be conversant! Literature, philosophy, politics, or sport, may thus be handled in a loosely discursive style; and the writer, while indulging himself and filling his pages, is apt to think that he is pleasing his reader. I think he can make no greater mistake. The dialogue is generally the most agreeable part of a novel; but it is only so as long as it tends in some way to the telling of the main story. It need not seem to be confined to that, but it should always have a tendency in that direction. The unconscious critical acumen of a reader is both just and severe. When a long dialogue on extraneous matter reaches his mind, he at once feels that he is being cheated into taking something which he did not bargain to accept when he took up that novel. He does not at that moment require politics or philosophy, but he wants his story. He will not perhaps be able to say in so many words that at some certain point the dialogue has deviated from the story; but when it does so he will feel it, and the feeling will be unpleasant. Let the intending novel-writer, if he doubt this, read one of Bulwer鈥檚 novels 鈥?in which there is very much to charm 鈥?and then ask himself whether he has not been offended by devious conversations. 鈥楳y dear, what things you say! I am ashamed of you, though I know it鈥檚 only your fun. The carriage must wait for me. I shall pay a call or two and then take a drive through the town. I think the citizens would feel it to be my duty to do that.鈥? 鈥業 will tell you between ourselves, for I would not trouble sweet Aunt Hamilton about anything, that, in my old age, since I have attained seventy, I have had more experience of difficulties and worries than perhaps at any other period of my long Indian career. I need not describe the worries; they are things that rub one, chafe one, make life鈥檚 burden heavier. And why are they permitted, darling? I think that they keep us in a more humble, clinging position. We cannot ask sympathy for such little things; we are pitied for some troubles; others we must keep to ourselves,鈥攖he latter perhaps try us most. But the dear Saviour knows! He experienced daily trials of patience as well as great afflictions. It is good to remember this. Christ, in addition to cruel persecution from open enemies, had to bear the dulness of perception, the weakness of faith, the ambition, the tendency to quarrel, of His daily companions. If great troubles are like the burdens which expand into wings, it seems to me as if petty worries may turn into the soft, downy little feathers which line the wings. They make our wings softer for those whom we have to shelter beneath them. For as the Lord spreads His great Wing over us, He means us to spread our small ones over others.鈥? 视频一区亚洲视频无码_午夜男人免费福利视频_欧美大色视频 CHAPTER XXVII 鈥楬e is a Mullah鈥檚 (Muhammadan religious teacher鈥檚) son, and has been brought up in a fine school for bigotry. He told me what a merit it is considered to kill infidels; and that, when a child, he had intended to acquire this merit. 鈥淒o you mean that, if they could, the Muhammadans would think it right to kill all the Europeans and Native Christians?鈥?I asked. 鈥淏eshakh!鈥?(Without doubt!) replied the lad simply. Happily all Muhammadans are not Mullahs鈥?sons!鈥? 鈥楽uch a scolding!鈥?he said. 鈥楽he said I didn鈥檛 take sufficient care of myself, and naturally I told her that I had so many others to look after that I must take my turn with the rest. But when I told her that Mrs Keeling was going to take care of me this evening, she thought no more about the scones I hadn鈥檛 eaten! She knew I should be well looked after.鈥? ??????It is 鈥?It must be so. 鈥業 thank God that He has made your darling willing to depart, even to leave you. Your note is deeply interesting; and I think you may feel that your prayers have been answered.... You must now only think of the 鈥渇ar more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.鈥?Probably every hour of suffering in some mysterious way enhances and increases future rapture,鈥攔apture more intense than we can conceive. The longer I live, the more convinced I feel that there is this mysterious connection鈥攊n the case of God鈥檚 children鈥攂etween personal pain and future delight. So that, if we could, as we fain would, shield our treasures from suffering, we might be depriving them of some rich blessing.