Ye miserable, crawling worms, are ye here again, then? Have ye come
like Nimshi, son of Reheboam, secretly out of yer doomed houses to
hear what's coming to ye? Have ye come, old and young, sick and well,
matrons and virgins (if there is any virgins among ye, which is not
likely, the world being in the wicked state it is), old men and young
lads, to hear me tellin' o' the great crimson lickin' flames o'
And heed nae mair the foolish cries that beg
Ye slice nae mair to aff or pu' to leg,
You skitin' duffer that gars a'body fleg,
--What tho' you ding the haill warld oot o' joint
Wi a skier to cover-point!
Hab' mir's gelobt, ihn liebzuhaben in der richtigen Weis'. Daß ich
selbst sein Lieb' zu einer ander'n noch lieb hab'! Hab' mir freilich
nicht gedacht, daß es so bald mir auferlegt sollt' werden! Es sind
die mehreren Dinge auf der Welt, so daß sie eins nicht glauben tät',
wenn man sie möcht erzählen hör'n. Alleinig, wer's erlebt, der
glaubt daran und weiss nicht wie... Da steht der Bub, und da steh'
ich, und mit dem fremden Mädel dort wird er so glücklich sein, als
wie halt Männer das Glücklichsein versteh'n.
[I promised myself to love him as I ought. That I would even love his
love for another woman. I did not truly imagine that I should have to
do it so soon. Many strange things happen in the world, so that one
scarcely believes them when one hears them told. Only those who live
through them believe them, and do not know how... There is the boy,
and here am I, and with that unknown girl he will be happy, as men
Witness this weighty Book, in which appears
The crabbed Toil of many thoughtfull years,
Spent by thy Authour in the Sifting Care
Of Rabbins' old Sophisticated Ware
From Gold Divine, which he who well can sort
May afterwards make Algebra a Sport.
This Englishman, as I afterwards found, was a military man
returning to his country from India, and crossing the Desert at this
part in order to go through Palestine. As for me, I had come pretty
straight from England, and so here we met in the wilderness at about
half way from our respective starting points. As we approached each
other, it became a question with me whether we should speak. I thought
it likely that the stranger would accost me, and in the event of his
doing so, I was quite ready to be as sociable and chatty as I could be
according to my nature: but still I could think of anything
particular that I had to say to him. Of course among civilised people,
the not having anything to say is no excuse at all for not speaking;
but I was shy, and indolent, and I felt no great wish to stop, and
talk like a morning visitor, in the midst of those broad solitudes.
The traveller, perhaps, felt as I did, for, except that we lifted our
hands to our caps, and waved our arms in courtesy, we passed each
other quite as distantly as if we had passed in Pall Mall.
Poor Mr Romer indeed! His fate was perhaps as sad as well might be,
and as foul a blot to the purism of these very pure times in which we
live. Not long after those days, it so happening that some
considerable amount of youthful energy and quidnunc ability were
required to set litigation afloat at Hong-Kong, Mr Romer was sent thither
as the fittest man for such work, with rich assurance of future guerdon.
We reach a condition where there is a shortage of houses, but where
nevertheless no one can afford to live in the houses that there are.
Comment pouvez-vous dire des bêtises pareilles, vous qui deviez
savoir les risques énormes que les capitaux courent dans
l'industrie, dans les mines par exemple? Une fosse tout
équipée, aujourd'hui, coûte de quinze cent mille
francs à deux millions; et que de peine avant de retirer un
intérêt médiocre d'une telle somme engloutie!
Presque la moitié des sociétés minières,
en France, font faillite . . .
[How can you say such a stupid thing! You of all people ought to know
what risks one takes with capital in industry, in mines for
instance. A fully equipped pit, today, costs between fifteen hundred
thousand and two million francs, and what trouble one must go to in
order get even a reasonable return from such an investment! Almost
half the mining companies in France today are bankrupt.]
No one was hurt. No one ever is in Serbia. Just badly shaken and
frightened out of one's wits. It is all, when you come to think of it,
part of the Serbian Way of Life . . .
Goodness Piety Usefulness
Alfonso G. .. 4 4 10
Nina .. .. 2 5 10
Manuel B. .. 10 10 0
Alfonso V. .. -8 -10 10
Vera N. .. .. 0 0 10