She says elsewhere of the Radical Club
“The really radical feature in it was the fact that the thoughts presented at its meetings had a root; were in that sense radical.... Here I have heard Wendell Phillips
, and Oliver Wendell Holmes
, John Weiss
and James Freeman Clarke
, Athanase Coquerel
, the noble French Protestant preacher; William Henry Channing
, worthy nephew of his great uncle; Colonel Higginson
, Doctor Bartol
, and many others.
Extravagant things were sometimes said, no doubt, and the equilibrium of ordinary persuasion was not infrequently disturbed for a time.
But the satisfaction of those present when a sound basis of thought was vindicated and established is indeed pleasant in remembrance....”
's second reading, which I enjoyed very much.
The ‘wreck’ in ‘David Copperfield
’ was finely given.
His appearance is against success; the face is rather commonplace, seen at a distance, and very red if seen through a glass: the voice worn and blas
“... Club in the evening, at which my nonsense made people laugh, as I wished....”
“A little intoxicated with the pleasure of having made people laugh.
A fool, however, can often do this better than a wise man. I look earnestly for a higher task.
Yet innocent, intelligent laughter is not to be despised.”
“Was taken with verses in church.
They did not prove nearly as good as I had hoped....”
“Made three beds, to help Bridget, who had the washing alone.
Read a difficult chapter in Fichte