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ACHEERFULTEMPER故事

作者:www.ruishiye.com  时间:2018-03-27
 
     
      A CHEERFUL TEMPER故事
     FROM my father I received the best inheritance, namely a
     "good temper." "And who was my father?" That has nothing to do
     with the good temper; but I will say he was lively,
     good-looking round, and fat; he was both in appearance and
      contradiction to his profession. "And
     pray what was his profession and his standing in respectable
     society?" Well, perhaps, if in the beginning of a book these
     were written and printed, many, when they read it, would lay
     the book down and say, "It seems to me a very miserable title,
     I don't like things of this sort." And yet my father was not a
     skin-dresser nor an executioner; on the contrary, his
     employment placed him at the head of the grandest people of
     the town, and it was his place by right. He had to precede the
     bishop, and even the princes of the blood; he always went
     first,- he was a hearse driver! There, now, the truth is out.
     And I will own, that when people saw my father perched up in
      of death, dressed in his long, wide,
     black cloak, and his black-edged, three-cornered hat on his
     head, and then glanced at his round, jocund face, round as the
     sun, they could not think much of sorrow or the grave. That
     face said, "It is nothing, it will all end better than people
     think." So I have inherited from him, not only my good temper,
     but a habit of going often to the churchyard, which is good,
     when done in a proper humor; and then also I take in the
     Intelligencer, to do.
     I am not very young, I have neither wife nor children, nor
     a library, but, as I said, I read the Intelligencer, which is
     enough for me; it is to me a delightful paper, and so it was
     , for it contains all that a
     man requires to know; the names of the preachers at the
     church, and the new books which are published;,
     servants, clothes, and provisions may be obtained. And then
     what a number of subscriptions to charities, and what innocent
     verses! Persons seeking interviews and engagements, all so
     plainly and naturally stated. Certainly, a man who takes in
     the Intelligencer may live merrily and be buried contentedly,
     and by the end of his life will have such a capital stock of
     paper that he can lie on a soft bed of it, unless he prefers
     wood shavings for his resting-place. The newspaper and the
     churchyard were always exciting objects to me. My walks to the
     latter were like bathing-places to my good humor. Every one
     can read the newspaper for himself, with me to the
     churchyard while the sun shines and the trees are green, and
      wander among the graves. Each of them is like a closed
     book, with the back uppermost, on which we can read the title
     of what the book contains, but nothing more. I had a great
      from my father, and I have noticed a great
     deal myself. I keep it in my diary, in which I write for my
      and pleasure a history of all who lie here, and a few
     more beside.
     Now we are in the churchyard. Here, behind the white iron
     railings, once a rose-tree grew; it is gone now, but a little
     bit of evergreen, from a neighboring grave, stretches out its
     green tendrils, and makes some appearance; there rests a very
     unhappy man,
     a very good position. He had enough to live upon, and
     something to spare; but owing to his refined tastes the least
     thing in the world annoyed him. If he went to a theatre of an
     evening, instead of enjoying himself he would be quite annoyed
     if the machinist had put too strong a light into one side of
     the moon, or if the representations of the sky hung over the
     scenes when they
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