Monstrous, odious falsehood! Ernest鈥檚 feeble pulse quickened and his pale face flushed as this hateful view of life presented itself to him in all its logical consistency. It was not the fact of most men being liars that shocked him 鈥?that was all right enough; but even the momentary doubt whether the few who were not liars ought not to become liars too. There was no hope left if this were so; if this were so, let him die, the sooner the better. 鈥淟ord,鈥?he exclaimed inwardly, 鈥淚 don鈥檛 believe one word of it. Strengthen Thou and confirm my disbelief.鈥?It seemed to him that he could never henceforth see a bishop going to consecration without saying to himself: 鈥淭here, but for the grace of God, went Ernest Pontifex.鈥?It was no doing of his. He could not boast; if he had lived in the time of Christ he might himself have been an early Christian, or even an Apostle for aught he knew. On the whole, he felt that he had much to be thankful for. And then there was F茅lise, who in her capacity of task-mistress called him peremptorily 鈥淢artin鈥? but out of official hours nearly always prefixed the 鈥淢onsieur.鈥?She created an atmosphere of grace around the plates and dishes, her encouraging word sang for long afterwards in his ears. With a tact only to be found in democratic France she combined the authority of the superior with the intellectual inferior鈥檚 respect. Apparently she concerned herself little about his change of profession. Her father, the all-wise and all-perfect, had ordained it; her uncle, wise and perfect, had acquiesced; Martin, peculiarly wise and almost perfect, had accepted it with enthusiasm. Who was she to question the doings of inscrutable men? 撸一撸成人电影-快播电影-伦理电影天堂网 And this is what the just 鈥?that is to say reasonable people 鈥?do as regards those daily affairs of life which most concern them. They settle smaller matters by the exercise of their own deliberation. More important ones, such as the cure of their own bodies and the bodies of those whom they love, the investment of their money, the extrication of their affairs from any serious mess 鈥?these things they generally entrust to others of whose capacity they know little save from general report; they act therefore on the strength of faith, not of knowledge. So the English nation entrusts the welfare of its fleet and naval defences to a First Lord of the Admiralty, who, not being a sailor, can know nothing about these matters except by acts of faith. There can be no doubt about faith and not reason being the ultima ratio. I need hardly say that the calm was only on the surface. Older men, who knew more than undergraduates were likely to do, must have seen that the wave of scepticism which had already broken over Germany was setting towards our own shores, nor was it long, indeed, before it reached them. Ernest had hardly been ordained before three works in quick succession arrested the attention even of those who paid least heed to theological controversy. I mean 鈥淓ssays and Reviews,鈥?Charles Darwin鈥檚 鈥淥rigin of Species,鈥?and Bishop Colenso鈥檚 鈥淐riticisms on the Pentateuch.鈥? By a strange accident, however, during Ernest鈥檚 last year, when the names of the crews for the scratch fours were drawn he had found himself coxswain of a crew, among whom was none other than his especial hero Towneley; the three others were ordinary mortals, but they could row fairly well, and the crew on the whole was rather a good one. 鈥淭hen call me Monsieur Martin, 脿 la fran?aise.鈥? 鈥淏ut marry him and you will love him,鈥?cried Bigourdin, as millions of French fathers and uncles have cried for the last three or four hundred years. 鈥淚t is very simple. What more do you want than a gallant fellow like Lucien?鈥?