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Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Nineteenth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Nineteenth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Nineteenth Week
The closing scenes are not necessarily funereal. A garden should be got ready for winter as well as for summer. When one goes into winter-quarters, he wants everything neat and trim. Expecting high winds, we bring everything into close reef. Some men there are who never shave (if they are so absurd as ever to shave), except when they go abroad, and who do not take care to wear polished boots in the bosoms of their families. I like a man who shaves (next to one who does n't shave) to satisfy his own conscience, and not for display, and who... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 2723

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Eighteenth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Eighteenth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Eighteenth Week
Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently! If Ravaillac had not been imprisoned for debt, he would not have stabbed Henry of Navarre. If William of Orange had escaped assassination by Philip's emissaries; if France had followed the French Calvin, and embraced Protestant Calvinism, as it came very near doing towards the end of the sixteenth century; if the Continental ammunition had not given out at Bunker's Hill; if Blucher had not "come up" at Waterloo,--the lesson is, that things do not come up unless they are planted. When you go behind... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 1171

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Seventeenth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Seventeenth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Seventeenth Week
I like to go into the garden these warm latter days, and muse. To muse is to sit in the sun, and not think of anything. I am not sure but goodness comes out of people who bask in the sun, as it does out of a sweet apple roasted before the fire. The late September and October sun of this latitude is something like the sun of extreme Lower Italy: you can stand a good deal of it, and apparently soak a winter supply into the system. If one only could take in his winter fuel in this way! The... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 919

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Sixteenth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Sixteenth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Sixteenth Week
I do not hold myself bound to answer the question, Does gardening pay? It is so difficult to define what is meant by paying. There is a popular notion that, unless a thing pays, you had better let it alone; and I may say that there is a public opinion that will not let a man or woman continue in the indulgence of a fancy that does not pay. And public opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the ten commandments: I therefore yield to popular clamor when I discuss the profit of my garden. As I... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 3182

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fifteenth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fifteenth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fifteenth Week
It is said that absence conquers all things, love included; but it has a contrary effect on a garden. I was absent for two or three weeks. I left my garden a paradise, as paradises go in this protoplastic world; and when I returned, the trail of the serpent was over it all, so to speak. (This is in addition to the actual snakes in it, which are large enough to strangle children of average size.) I asked Polly if she had seen to the garden while I was away, and she said she had. I found that all the melons... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 1982

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fourteenth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fourteenth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fourteenth Week
In these golden latter August days, Nature has come to a serene equilibrium. Having flowered and fruited, she is enjoying herself. I can see how things are going: it is a down-hill business after this; but, for the time being, it is like swinging in a hammock,--such a delicious air, such a graceful repose! I take off my hat as I stroll into the garden and look about; and it does seem as if Nature had sounded a truce. I did n't ask for it. I went out with a hoe; but the serene sweetness disarms me. Thrice is he armed... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 1499

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Tenth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Tenth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Tenth Week
I think I have discovered the way to keep peas from the birds. I tried the scarecrow plan, in a way which I thought would outwit the shrewdest bird. The brain of the bird is not large; but it is all concentrated on one object, and that is the attempt to elude the devices of modern civilization which injure his chances of food. I knew that, if I put up a complete stuffed man, the bird would detect the imitation at once: the perfection of the thing would show him that it was a trick. People always overdo the matter when... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 2168

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Ninth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Ninth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Ninth Week
I am more and more impressed with the moral qualities of vegetables, and contemplate forming a science which shall rank with comparative anatomy and comparative philology,--the science of comparative vegetable morality. We live in an age of protoplasm. And, if life-matter is essentially the same in all forms of life, I purpose to begin early, and ascertain the nature of the plants for which I am responsible. I will not associate with any vegetable which is disreputable, or has not some quality that can contribute to my moral growth. I do not care to be seen much with the squashes or... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 1288

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Eighth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Eighth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Eighth Week
My garden has been visited by a High Official Person. President Gr-nt was here just before the Fourth, getting his mind quiet for that event by a few days of retirement, staying with a friend at the head of our street; and I asked him if he wouldn't like to come down our way Sunday afternoon and take a plain, simple look at my garden, eat a little lemon ice-cream and jelly-cake, and drink a glass of native lager-beer. I thought of putting up over my gate, "Welcome to the Nation's Gardener;" but I hate nonsense, and did n't do it.... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 1681

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Seventh Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Seventh Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Seventh Week
A garden is an awful responsibility. You never know what you may be aiding to grow in it. I heard a sermon, not long ago, in which the preacher said that the Christian, at the moment of his becoming one, was as perfect a Christian as he would be if he grew to be an archangel; that is, that he would not change thereafter at all, but only develop. I do not know whether this is good theology, or not; and I hesitate to support it by an illustration from my garden, especially as I do not want to run the... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 1526

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Sixth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Sixth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Sixth Week
Somebody has sent me a new sort of hoe, with the wish that I should speak favorably of it, if I can consistently. I willingly do so, but with the understanding that I am to be at liberty to speak just as courteously of any other hoe which I may receive. If I understand religious morals, this is the position of the religious press with regard to bitters and wringing-machines. In some cases, the responsibility of such a recommendation is shifted upon the wife of the editor or clergy-man. Polly says she is entirely willing to make a certificate, accompanied with... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 2811

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fifth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fifth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fifth Week
I left my garden for a week, just at the close of the dry spell. A season of rain immediately set in, and when I returned the transformation was wonderful. In one week every vegetable had fairly jumped forward. The tomatoes which I left slender plants, eaten of bugs and debating whether they would go backward or forward, had become stout and lusty, with thick stems and dark leaves, and some of them had blossomed. The corn waved like that which grows so rank out of the French-English mixture at Waterloo. The squashes--I will not speak of the squashes. The most... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 879

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fourth Week Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fourth Week

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Fourth Week
Orthodoxy is at a low ebb. Only two clergymen accepted my offer to come and help hoe my potatoes for the privilege of using my vegetable total-depravity figure about the snake-grass, or quack-grass as some call it; and those two did not bring hoes. There seems to be a lack of disposition to hoe among our educated clergy. I am bound to say that these two, however, sat and watched my vigorous combats with the weeds, and talked most beautifully about the application of the snake-grass figure. As, for instance, when a fault or sin showed on the surface of a... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 1531

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Preface Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Preface

Summer In A Garden, And Calvin, A Study Of Character - Preface
INTRODUCTORY LETTERMY DEAR MR. FIELDS,--I did promise to write an Introduction to these charming papers but an Introduction,--what is it?--a sort of pilaster, put upon the face of a building for looks' sake, and usually flat,--very flat. Sometimes it may be called a caryatid, which is, as I understand it, a cruel device of architecture, representing a man or a woman, obliged to hold up upon his or her head or shoulders a structure which they did not build, and which could stand just as well without as with them. But an Introduction is more apt to be a pillar, such... Nonfictions - Post by : freebie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 2647

Being A Boy - Chapter 19. A Contrast To The New England Boy Being A Boy - Chapter 19. A Contrast To The New England Boy

Being A Boy - Chapter 19. A Contrast To The New England Boy
XIX. A CONTRAST TO THE NEW ENGLAND BOYOne evening at vespers in Genoa, attracted by a burst of music from the swinging curtain of the doorway, I entered a little church much frequented by the common people. An unexpected and exceedingly pretty sight rewarded me. It was All Souls' Day. In Italy almost every day is set apart for some festival, or belongs to some saint or another, and I suppose that when leap year brings around the extra day, there is a saint ready to claim the 29th of February. Whatever the day was to the elders, the evening was... Nonfictions - Post by : cd0410 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 2901

Being A Boy - Chapter 18. Country Scenes Being A Boy - Chapter 18. Country Scenes

Being A Boy - Chapter 18. Country Scenes
XVIII. COUNTRY SCENESIt is impossible to say at what age a New England country-boy becomes conscious that his trousers-legs are too short, and is anxious about the part of his hair and the fit of his woman-made roundabout. These harrowing thoughts come to him later than to the city lad. At least, a generation ago he served a long apprenticeship with nature only for a master, absolutely unconscious of the artificialities of life. But I do not think his early education was neglected. And yet it is easy to underestimate the influences that, unconsciously to him, were expanding his mind and... Nonfictions - Post by : cd0410 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 3457

Being A Boy - Chapter 17. War Being A Boy - Chapter 17. War

Being A Boy - Chapter 17. War
XVII. WAREvery boy who is good for anything is a natural savage. The scientists who want to study the primitive man, and have so much difficulty in finding one anywhere in this sophisticated age, couldn't do better than to devote their attention to the common country-boy. He has the primal, vigorous instincts and impulses of the African savage, without any of the vices inherited from a civilization long ago decayed or developed in an unrestrained barbaric society. You want to catch your boy young, and study him before he has either virtues or vices, in order to understand the primitive man.... Nonfictions - Post by : dontscam - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 1804

Being A Boy - Chapter 16. John's Revival Being A Boy - Chapter 16. John's Revival

Being A Boy - Chapter 16. John's Revival
XVI. JOHN'S REVIVALThe New England country-boy of the last generation never heard of Christmas. There was no such day in his calendar. If John ever came across it in his reading, he attached no meaning to the word. If his curiosity had been aroused, and he had asked his elders about it, he might have got the dim impression that it was a kind of Popish holiday, the celebration of which was about as wicked as "card-playing," or being a "Democrat." John knew a couple of desperately bad boys who were reported to play "seven-up" in a barn, on the haymow,... Nonfictions - Post by : dontscam - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 3054

Being A Boy - Chapter 15. The Heart Of New England Being A Boy - Chapter 15. The Heart Of New England

Being A Boy - Chapter 15. The Heart Of New England
XV. THE HEART OF NEW ENGLANDIt is a wonder that every New England boy does not turn out a poet, or a missionary, or a peddler. Most of them used to. There is everything in the heart of the New England hills to feed the imagination of the boy, and excite his longing for strange countries. I scarcely know what the subtle influence is that forms him and attracts him in the most fascinating and aromatic of all lands, and yet urges him away from all the sweet delights of his home to become a roamer in literature and in the... Nonfictions - Post by : jon_poland - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 3276

Being A Boy - Chapter 14. The Sugar Camp Being A Boy - Chapter 14. The Sugar Camp

Being A Boy - Chapter 14. The Sugar Camp
XIV. THE SUGAR CAMPI think there is no part of farming the boy enjoys more than the making of maple sugar; it is better than "blackberrying," and nearly as good as fishing. And one reason he likes this work is, that somebody else does the most of it. It is a sort of work in which he can appear to be very active, and yet not do much. And it exactly suits the temperament of a real boy to be very busy about nothing. If the power, for instance, that is expended in play by a boy between the ages of... Nonfictions - Post by : jon_poland - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Dudley Warner - Read : 3597