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��Is there mournfulness in the retrospect ? Is there eagerness to review the strife ? Is that interest in the Hour's debate feigned or real ? Impossible for him who gazed upon that face to say. And that eye would have seemed to the gazer to read himself through and through to the heart's core, long ere the gazer could hazard a single guess as to the thoughts beneath that marble forehead, as to the emotions within the heart over which, in old senatorial fashion, the arms were folded with so conventional an ease.


Danell and Lionel.

Darrell had received Lionel with some evident embarrass- ment, which soon yielded to affectionate warmth. He took to the young man whose fortunes he had so improved ; he felt that with the improved fortunes the young man's whole being was improved ; — assured position, early commune with the best so- cial circles, in which the equality of fashion smooths away all disparities in rank, had softened in Lionel much of the way- ward and morbid irritability of his boyish pride ; but the high spirit, the generous love of independence, the scorn of mer- cenary calculation, were strong as ever; these were in the grain of his nature.

In common with all who in youth aspire to be one day noted from " the undistinguishable many," Lionel had formed to himself a certain ideal standard, above the ordinary level of what the world is contented to call honest, or esteem clever. He admit- ted into his estimate of life the heroic element, not undesirable even in the most practical point of view, for the world is so in the habit of decrying — of disbelieving in high motives and pure emotions — of daguerreotyping itself with all its ugliest wrinkles, stripped of the true bloom that brightens, of the true expression that redeems, those defects which it invites the sun to limn, that we shall never judge humrn nature aright, if we do not set out in life with our gaze on its fairest beauties, and our belief in its latent good. In a word, we should begin with the Heroic, if we would learn the Human. 13ut though, to himself Lionel thus secretly prescribed a certain superiority of type, to l)e sedulously aimed at, even if never actually attained, he was wholly without pedantry and arrogance toward his own contemporaries. From this he was saved not only by good-nature, animal spirits, frank

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