Archer, as he looked back, was not sure that men like himself WERE what his country needed, at least in the active service to which Theodore Roosevelt had pointed; in fact, there was reason to think it did not, for after a year in the State Assembly he had not been re-elected, and had dropped back thankfully into obscure if useful municipal work, and from that again to the writing of occasional articles in one of the reforming weeklies that were trying to shake the country out of its apathy.
"No; by the way," Pitt continued with increased blandness, "it was about blood you were talking, and the personal advantages which people derive from patrician birth.
=FRANKNESS OF TO-DAY= A young man playing tennis with a young girl a generation ago would have been forced patiently to toss her gentle balls and keep his boredom to himself, or he would have held her chin in his hand, while he himself stood shivering for hours in three feet of water, and tried his best to disguise his opinion as to the hopelessness of her ever learning to swim.
To the bore life holds no dullness; every subject is of unending delight.
THE SECOND NUN’S TALE <1>The minister and norice* unto vices, *nurse Which that men call in English idleness, The porter at the gate is of delices; delights T’eschew, and by her contrar’ her oppress, —That is to say, by lawful business,* — occupation, activity Well oughte we to do our all intent apply ourselves*Lest that the fiend through idleness us hent.
He added significantly:-- "I did not like that lethargy of Madam Mina's.
To see others thus affected, denotes that you will offend people by your supreme indifference to the influences of others.
Count on egoism and laziness a hundred or a thousand times and they are as firm as ever.