Great ideas come from everywhere if you just listen and look for them. You never know who's going tohave a great idea. 鈥楤ut poor parson鈥檚 going to be lonely again, isn鈥檛 he?鈥?he went on. 鈥楧idn鈥檛 ickle bird tell him that Helper was going to spread wings and fly away to Brighton for a fortnight? He mustn鈥檛 be selfish, mustn鈥檛 poor parson, but only be glad to think of Helper sitting in the sun, and drinking in life and health again.鈥? vr彩票平台官网 鈥淭here arises, of course, the question whether a novelist, who professes to write for the amusement of the young of both sexes, should allow himself to bring upon his stage a character such as that of Carry Brattle. It is not long since 鈥?it is well within the memory of the author 鈥?that the very existence of such a condition of life as was hers, was supposed to be unknown to our sisters and daughters, and was, in truth, unknown to many of them. Whether that ignorance was good may be questioned; but that it exists no longer is beyond question. Then arises the further question 鈥?how far the conditions of such unfortunates should be made a matter of concern to the sweet young hearts of those whose delicacy and cleanliness of thought is a matter of pride to so many of us. Cannot women, who are good, pity the sufferings of the vicious, and do something perhaps to mitigate and shorten them without contamination from the vice? It will be admitted probably by most men who have thought upon the subject that no fault among us is punished so heavily as that fault, often so light in itself but so terrible in its consequences to the less faulty of the two offenders, by which a woman falls. All of her own sex is against her, and all those of the other sex in whose veins runs the blood which she is thought to have contaminated, and who, of nature, would befriend her, were her trouble any other than it is. Chapter 16 Beverley 鈥楳y wife is furious with me,鈥?Lord Inverbroom went on. 鈥業 have succumbed to the Leonardo book, instead of having the dining-room ceiling whitewashed. She has a materialistic mind, preferring whitewash to Leonardo. Besides, as I told her, she never looks at the ceiling, and I shall often look at my book. Have you come across anything lately which life is not worth living without? Perhaps you had better not tell me if you have, or I shall practise some further domestic economy.鈥? Any writer who has read even a little will know what is meant by the word intelligible. It is not sufficient that there be a meaning that may be hammered out of the sentence, but that the language should be so pellucid that the meaning should be rendered without an effort of the reader 鈥?and not only some proposition of meaning, but the very sense, no more and no less, which the writer has intended to put into his words. What Macaulay says should be remembered by all writers: 鈥淗ow little the all-important art of making meaning pellucid is studied now! Hardly any popular author except myself thinks of it.鈥?The language used should be as ready and as efficient a conductor of the mind of the writer to the mind of the reader as is the electric spark which passes from one battery to another battery. In all written matter the spark should carry everything; but in matters recondite the recipient will search to see that he misses nothing, and that he takes nothing away too much. The novelist cannot expect that any such search will be made. A young writer, who will acknowledge the truth of what I am saying, will often feel himself tempted by the difficulties of language to tell himself that some one little doubtful passage, some single collocation of words, which is not quite what it ought to be, will not matter. I know well what a stumbling-block such a passage may be. But he should leave none such behind him as he goes on. The habit of writing clearly soon comes to the writer who is a severe critic to himself. "I think one of Sam's greatest strengths is that he is totally unpredictable. He is always his own person,totally independent in his thinking. As a result, he is not a rubber-stamp manager. He neverrubber-stamps anything for anyone. Ask them what they think. Even better, go find a mirrorand try it. Well? You get my point. Your gestures are agiveaway to what you really mean. And we also have an investor in Francehis name is Pierre, and he's done exactly the same thing. Wealmost drowned him that first year we floated down Sugar Creek, and I was afraid we'd never see himagain. But Pierre started believing, and he started acquiring our stock and recommending it to his Frenchfund members. He's been with us for about fifteen years, and he's had exceptionally good success withour company.