Maspero, The Dawn of Civilisation (translated from the French by M.
Thus Falstaff replies to Prince Hal: “If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion” (Henry IV, Act II, scene 4). His grief was so excessive that, when he knew that he must lose her, he fainted many times in succession, and his own life even began to be despaired of. We are in the habit of saying that the understanding is cultivated through questioning, objecting and replying, &c., but, in fact, it is not thus formed, but made from without. What is inward in man is by culture got at and developed; hence though he remains silent, he is none the poorer in thought or denser of mind. “Countess Apráksina, poor thing, has lost her husband and she has cried her eyes out,” she said, growing more and more lively. To them Sir Paridell’s squire had said: “My lords, you will not find entertainment here.
“The Cossack, not knowing in what company he was, for Napoleon’s plain appearance had nothing about it that would reveal to an Oriental mind the presence of a monarch, talked with extreme familiarity of the incidents of the war,” says Thiers, narrating this episode. But by some strange chance no one perceives this. All the leading political personages are introduced as spectators. Very shortly after Warren Hastings, impeached by the House of Commons, resigned his office as governor-general of India. One day in Moscow in Princess Mary’s presence (she thought her father did it purposely when she was there) the old prince kissed Mademoiselle Bourienne’s hand and, drawing her to him, embraced her affectionately.
Everybody looked at him, understanding what he meant.