He was becoming more and more conscious of the silent influence of his official utterances on public sentiment, if not to convert obstinate opposition, at least to reconcile it to patient submission.
He even felt that the sentiment, natural as it was, would cease as he went on exercising his beneficent ministry, from the mere fact of seeing more distressed homes and many sorrows.
Then they began to talk business with all their might, as if they feared that some trace of sentiment might disgrace their masculine dignity. But it made no difference whether they discussed lawsuits or love, mortgages or mothers, the feeling was all right and they knew it, so Mr. Shaw walked straighter than usual, and Tom felt that he was in his proper place again.
In a good simple state of society, the gentleman pays down his money or his sheep or his oxen, and takes away the lady without any superfluous sentiment. Even in more civilized states, a marriage may be substantially a bargain carried out in a business-like spirit.
'Miss Lingard, he said haughtily, 'is a young woman for whom I have the utmost, the utmost respect. 'So have I, I said coldly. He paid no heed to my remark, but began to do rapid finger-exercises on his shirt-sleeves, as he stood with tightly folded arms. 'Kindness of heart, he went on, staring at the ceiling, 'sentiment, are not understood in a place like this.
Miss Abingdon occasionally reminded herself that she had not met the vicar until long after his marriage, and she still more frequently assured herself that her feeling for him was one of pure admiration untouched by sentiment such as would have been foolish at her age, and at any age would have been wrong.
Callender, and exhibiting, in this sentiment, the very striking difference of opinion between the two ladies, of the law and justice of the land. The fears, however, which Mr. Callender openly expressed, as above recorded, and which his wife felt but concealed, were not groundless.
He was the poet of the lost treasure. "Studies in Sentiment" is, I think, the title of a small book of prose of his.
Under this portrait is "Ernest" and running the whole length of the picture is the legend: "Look here upon this picture and on this, The counterfeit presentment of two sov'reigns." This print was given to me by a veteran Reformer, who told me that it expressed in visible form the universal sentiment of England.
Youth did not keep him from having a philosophical and discerning mind, and he knew that in the strongest of people the emotions often triumph over logic and reason. Warner's little algebra was all right, when the question was algebraic, but sentiment and passion had a great deal to do with the affairs of the world, and, where they were concerned, the book was of no value at all.