By Ray Stannard Baker
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Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread—there may be— — 34 DAVID GRAYSON ADVENTURES IN CONTENTMENT VII AN ARGUMENT WITH A MILLIONNAIRE “Let the mighty and great Roll in splendour and state, I envy them not, I declare it. I eat my own lamb, My own chicken and ham, I shear my own sheep and wear it. I have lawns, I have bowers, I have fruits, I have ﬂowers. ” ——Rhyme on an old pitcher of English pottery. I have been hearing of John Starkweather ever since I came here.
I, too, am a person; I am different and curious. I am full of red blood, I like people, all sorts of people; if you are not interested in me, at least I am intensely interested in you. ” So we are all of us calling and calling across the incalculable gulfs which separate us even from our nearest friends! Once or twice this feeling has been so real to me that I’ve been near to the point of hailing utter strangers—only to be instantly overcome with a sense of the humorous absurdity of such an enterprise.
I wish I could picture Harriet’s face when I brought him into her immaculate kitchen. But I gave her a look, one of the commanding sort that I can put on in times of great emergency, and she silently laid another place at the table. When I came to look at our Ruin by the full lamplight I was surprised to see what a change a little warm water and a comb had wrought in him. He came to the table uncertain, blinking, apologetic. His forehead, I saw, was really impressive—high, narrow and thin-skinned.
Adventures in Contentment by Ray Stannard Baker