Gideon's about me did a good deal of harm among ignorant and careless reviewers, who took their opinions from others, without troubling to read my books for themselves. So many reviewers are like that stupid and prejudiced people, who cannot think for themselves, and often merely try to be funny about a book instead of giving it fair criticism.
"I have one here, sir, a protector as true and kind as my own father could be." She understood the flash of his eyes and his proud smile as he assured her relatives that he would guard her from harm and want so long as he lived, or as she remained under his care. She knew he regarded this as a tacit sealing of the old compact, and she had no inclination to undeceive him at this juncture.
Nevertheless, his action ultimately did more good than harm in the very matter of public opinion, for it opened men's eyes, and led to some tardy improvements and some increased effort. Worse even than this criticism was the remonstrance of the legislature of Pennsylvania against the going into winter-quarters.
"You don't object to a stiff breeze, uncle?" said the youth. "No, Tom; but I don't like a storm, because it does us no good, and may do us harm." "Storms do you no good, uncle!" cried Tom; "how can you say so? Why, what is it that makes our sailors such trumps? The British tar would not be able to face danger as he does if there were no storms."
I told my confessor of it, and he commanded me to return at once: that to do so was clearly the most perfect way; and that, because the heat was very great, it would be enough if I arrived before the election, I might wait a few days, in order that my journey might do me no harm. But our Lord had ordered it otherwise.
"No, I think that is the best way in which the case can be put," he replied; "and I don't see that any harm can possibly come of it." Away went the party, full of high spirits, bent upon amusement.
"Farewell, friends in mine extremity," she said to Pearson and his wife; "the good deed ye have done me is a treasure laid up in Heaven, to be returned a thousand-fold hereafter. And farewell ye, mine enemies, to whom it is not permitted to harm so much as a hair of my head, nor to stay my footsteps even for a moment.
They are strong, healthy girls, and I cannot see that it does them any harm rather good." "Have you any special predilection for a room eight feet by nine?" "Can't be helped. What would you have said if you had seen the last?" "What is this about one hundred and fifty pounds in hand?"
Then I am to be made an "honest woman of." Victor wants Nesta, now that she is away, to stay until . . . You understand. He feels she is safe from any possible kind of harm with those good ladies. And I feel she is the safer for having you near. Otherwise, how I should pray to have you with us!
Evidently the man realized it was useless to carry the deception further, for he cried out, sneeringly: "Oh, will you indeed, Dick Dare? Well, let me tell you something, my bold young rebel: When we get through with you, you will not be in a position to harm anybody. We are going to take you out and whip you soundly, as should be done with all such traitors to the king as you two are!"