occasionally visited, in one of our cities of spindles, speaking one day of her neighbors, said, ‘I stand in a certain awe of the moneyed men, the manufacturers, and so on, knowing that they will have small interest in Plato
, or in Biot
; but I saw them approach Margaret, with perfect security, for she could give them bread that they could eat.’
Some persons are thrown off their balance when in society; others are thrown on to balance; the excitement of company, and the observation of other characters, correct their biases.
Margaret always appeared to unexpected advantage in conversation with a large circle.
She had more sanity than any other; whilst, in private, her vision was often through colored lenses.
Her talents were so various, and her conversation so rich and entertaining, that one might talk with her many times, by the parlor fire, before he discovered the strength which served as foundation to so much accomplishment and eloquence.
But, concealed under flowers and music, was the broadest good sense, very well able to dispose of all this pile of native and foreign ornaments, and quite able to work without them.
She could always rally on this, in every circumstance, and in every company, and find herself on a firm footing of equality with any party whatever, and make herself useful, and, if need be, formidable.
The old Anaximenes
, seeking, I suppose, for a source sufficiently diffusive, said, that Mind must be in the air
, which, when all men breathed, they were filled with one intelligence.
And when men have larger measures of reason, as Aesop, Cervantes
, they gain in universality, or are no longer confined to a few associates, but are good company for all persons,—philosophers,