in the university town where I dwell are allowed a respite of a year every seventh year-their Sabbatical year, they call it-lest their drudgery prove too overwhelming.
When I call during business hours on my kinsman the banker I stand reproached before the tremendous and wearing drudgery of his life.
What need to speak of the fatigues and trials of the housekeeper?
The shopkeeper is tied to his counter or his office, the mechanic to his bench.
Among all these it is a choice only of the kind of drudgery; and I confess that of all these various labors the form which seems to me, on thinking them over, the least repellent and most attractive is that of the line of boat-builders on a certain sunny wharf I know, who work all day in their airy shops, with an endless stream of friends coming in to chat or children to play, where the work always ends in something graceful and beautiful and useful, and even the shavings are sweet-scented and the dust is clean.
If we cannot get away from drudgery, whether of grande dame or boat-builder, let us at least try for some species of it that is enjoyable.
It is this test which puts literature and art so high among pursuits — the fact that, for those who love them, their very drudgery is,