The simple pathos, and the apparent indirectness of such a tale as that of 'Poticoushka,' the peasant conscript, is of vastly more value to the world at large than all his parables; and 'The Death of Ivan Ilyitch,' the Philistine worldling
, will turn the hearts of many more from the love of the world than such pale fables of the early Christian life as "Work while ye have the Light." A man's gifts are not given him for nothing, and the man who has the great gift of dramatic fiction has no right to cast it away or to let it rust out in disuse.
He certainly shared to the full in the usual courtier's ambition for great place and wealth, and in the worldling
's inclination to ostentatious display.
, now his heart-blood dries with grief; His conscience kills it; and his labouring brain Begets a world of idle fantasies To over-reach the devil; but all in vain; His store of pleasures must be sauc'd with pain.
My meditative silence appeared to weigh upon the spirits of this worldling
, and to force him, as it were, into talking to me against his own will.
Rather would I be a day-labourer in the nether-world, and among the shades of the by-gone!--Fatter and fuller than ye, are forsooth the nether- worldlings
For indeed, every sect of them, hath a diverse posture, or cringe by themselves, which cannot but move derision in worldlings
, and depraved politics, who are apt to contemn holy things.
On this account all the serene souls who loved the earth and its fruits had gradually gathered together at Haarlem, just as all the nervous, uneasy spirits, whose ambition was for travel and commerce, had settled in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and all the politicians and selfish worldlings
at the Hague.
It has its Greek Convent, and the coffee there is good, but never a splinter of the true cross or bone of a hallowed saint to arrest the idle thoughts of worldlings
and turn them into graver channels.
If the simplest people are disposed to look not a little kindly on great Prosperity (for I defy any member of the British public to say that the notion of Wealth has not something awful and pleasing to him; and you, if you are told that the man next you at dinner has got half a million, not to look at him with a certain interest)--if the simple look benevolently on money, how much more do your old worldlings
Ambitious men caught glimpses of nobler ambitions than their own, and even worldlings
confessed that his beliefs were beautiful and true, although `they wouldn't pay'.
Peasants, no less than worldlings
, end by despising the man that they can deceive.
The suffering of the Christian, ennobled by the intensity and duration of that agony, everywhere marks her letters: "The word of God is not more express on any point than on the inevitable endurance of suffering to the Christian more peculiarly than to the worldling
and on the special blessings derived from that endurance." (19) She later makes the quid pro quo relationship, transacted through the currency of suffering, explicit, proclaiming that "redeeming" comes at an "inconceivable expense" to God and marveling at "His immeasurable longsuffering." (20) The purported absolution graced through Christ's immeasurable agony surreptitiously obligates her to exalt her suffering in simultaneous acknowledgement of its inevitable inadequacy.