Thought and perverted Wisdom were made to put on masques, and play the fool.
And there is but one way in which a strong determined soul can learn it--by getting his heart-strings bound round the weak and erring
, so that he must share not only the outward consequence of their error, but their inward suffering.
Righteousness demanded that the erring
sister should be taken unawares.
In short, we are madly erring
, through self-esteem, in believing man, in either his temporal or future destinies, to be of more moment in the universe than that vast "clod of the valley" which he tills and contemns, and to which he denies a soul for no more profound reason than that he does not behold it in operation.
In Lady Russell's view, it was perfectly natural that Mr Elliot, at a mature time of life, should feel it a most desirable object, and what would very generally recommend him among all sensible people, to be on good terms with the head of his family; the simplest process in the world of time upon a head naturally clear, and only erring
in the heyday of youth.
A syndicate of Galahad, Parsifal, and Marcus Aurelius might have done it, but to an ordinary erring
man, conscious of things done which should not have been done, and other things equally numerous left undone, he was too oppressive.
Thus died Robin Hood, at Kirklees Nunnery, in fair Yorkshire, with mercy in his heart toward those that had been his undoing; for thus he showed mercy for the erring
and pity for the weak through all the time of his living
In the morning he became curiously concerned for the vanished man, and hunted for him as one might for an erring
She had made one last appeal to friends, but, against the chill wall of their respectability, the voice of the erring
outcast fell unheeded; and then she had gone to see her child - had held it in her arms and kissed it, in a weary, dull sort of way, and without betraying any particular emotion of any kind, and had left it, after putting into its hand a penny box of chocolate she had bought it, and afterwards, with her last few shillings, had taken a ticket and come down to Goring.