reason one as it were, shrinks from touching on the matter lest the theory
be regarded as nothing but a ‘wish-thought,’1
friend.” “Do not shrink,” he said,
“for your hearers will not be inconsiderate2
nor distrustful nor
hostile.” And I said, “My good fellow, is that remark
intended to encourage me?” “It is,” he said.
“Well, then,” said I, “it has just the
contrary effect. For, if I were confident that I was speaking with
knowledge, it would be an excellent encouragement.