‘He felt like doing something for Horace before he went.
Horace was an entirely unspeakable person.
He had lived a long time in the house; he had never given any trouble, and we feel for him as for our own son. Now, there is that brown over-coat of yours.
It's cold on the canal, all the summer, in the mornings and evenings.
Horace is poor and his father is poor.
You are owing me a little, as much as the old coat is worth, and what I say is, let us give the poor fellow the overcoat, and call our account squared.’
This feeling oration was received with every demonstration of approval, and the proposition was carried into effect forthwith.
The landlady gave him a pocket Bible.
In a few minutes more, Horace rose, put his stick through his little red bundle, and both over his shoulder, took the overcoat upon his other arm, said “Good-bye,” to his friends, promised to write as soon as he was settled again, and set off upon his long journey.
His good friends of the tavern followed him with their eyes, until a turn of the road hid the bent and shambling figure from their sight, and then they turned away to praise him and to wish him well.
Twenty-five years have passed; and, to this hour, they do not tell the tale of his departure without a certain swelling of the heart, without a certain glistening of the softer pair of eyes.
It was a fine, cool, breezy morning in the month of June, 1830.
Nature had assumed those robes of brilliant green which she wears only in June, and welcomed the wanderer forth with that heavenly smile which plays upon her changeful countenance only when she is attired in her best.
The forests upon those hills of hilly Rutland
, brimming with foliage, concealed
their granite ribs, their chasms, their steeps, their precipices, their morasses, and the reptiles that lay coiled among them; but they were there
. So did the alluring aspect of the world hide from the wayfarer the struggle, the toil, the danger that await the man who goes out from his seclusion to confront the world alone—the world of which he knows nothing except by hearsay, that cares nothing for him, and takes no note of his arrival.
The present wayfarer was destined to be quite alone in his conflict with the world, and he was destined to wrestle with it for many years before it yielded him anything more than a show of submission.
How prodigal of help is the Devil to his scheming and guileful servants!
But the Powers Celestial