But later that night, after the club members had gone home, dizzy with many honours, it was not the weight of deceit that troubled her. As she crept into her narrow little bed she was all at once very sorry for herself; and for a vanished dream! Dr. Blanchard could be so nice when he wanted to. He could be so understanding, so sympathetic!
And destiny devised that it was to be fifteen years before he was again to see his beloved "United States of America." Arriving in France, Paine was received with honours. There was much political unrest, and the fuse was then being lighted that was to cause the explosion of Seventeen Hundred Eighty-Nine. However, of all this Paine knew little.
Lady Mary took her to four large receptions, and she was invited to two or three dinners of a semi-official character; for several women not only fancied her, but appreciated the fact that the official were not the highest social honours in the land, and were glad to further her plans. Senator Burleigh called several times.
One of our admirals in the reign of Elizabeth held as a maxim, that a height of passion, amounting to frenzy, was necessary to qualify a man for the command of a fleet; and NELSON, decorated by all his honours about him, on the day of battle, at the sight of those emblems of glory emulated himself. This enthusiasm was necessary for his genius, and made it effective.
The question, however, was speedily settled when a woman rose, in the middle of the group, with a cry of gladness. "So you are saved!" she exclaimed, "I have feared so that you were killed. Have you news of Mahmud?" "Yes, lady. He is a prisoner, but well and unharmed. I have obtained an order, from the General, that you are to be treated with honours, as his wife.
When your honours are all dining in the Large Room they are going to act the Marriage of Dobozy in twelve tableaux, to the accompaniment of Greek fire, in the front room." "But why in the front room, and not rather in the theatre?" "It is too small." "But there are only five of them." "True; but all the heydukes we have must be there too, either as Turks or Hungarians.
During that war two small fleets were sent from Cherbourg to blockade the North Sea and Baltic coasts, but the admirals in charge found the task "impossible" and returned to France after a few single engagements with divided honours had occurred. At that time the German people felt entirely secure on the score of invasion.
He covers the universe. He is the Supreme Lord. There is nothing in the three worlds that is superior to him. He is Eternal. He is the slayer of Madhu, and is otherwise called Govinda. The giver of honours, He will cause all the kings of Earth to be slain in battle, for achieving the purposes of the deities, taking birth in a human form.
The writers of such things expected great honours, no doubt, each and every man-jack of them, but apart from the fact that the greatest literature has always lived without any official recognition or endowment from kings, being in itself the supremest sovereignty, poets and rhymesters alike never seem to realize that no one is, or can be, so sickened by an 'Ode' as the man or woman to whom it is written!
London is too clumsy. Berlin is too ponderous, New York has not the right material home-grown, and the spirit of the original dies in the self-conscious imitation. Even in Paris a Baedeker star is its death-blow, the private guide's attention spells immediate ruin, nor can it survive more legitimate honours at home when they come.