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peated in a deep, solemn voice, and in this world, plain plodding strange from the dying man. His common sense is very likely in the life had been successful at last; long run to beat erratic brilliancy. but success had come late; and The tortoise passes the hare. I how much of disappointment he owe an apology to Lord Campbell had known! And though he had for even naming him in connexion tried to bear up cheerily under his with the name of dunce : for asearly cares, they had sunk in deep. suredly in shrewd, massive sense, "We speak of life as a journey, he no judge ever surpassed him. But said, "but how differently is that I may fairly point to his career of journey performed! Some are unexampled success as an instance borne along their path in luxury which proves my principle. See and ease ; while some must walk how that man of parts which are it with naked feet, mangled and sound and solid, but not brilliant bleeding.'

or showy, has won the Derby and Who is there that does not some- the St. Leger of the law; has filled times, on a quiet evening, even be- with high credit the places of Chief fore he has attained to middle age, Justice of England and Lord Chansit down and look back upon his cellor. And contrast his eminently college days, and his college successful and useful course with friends; and think sadly of the that of the fitful meteor, Lord failures, the disappointments, the Brougham. What a great, dazzling broken hearts, which have been genius Brougham unquestionably among those who all started fair

is; yet his greatest admirer must and promised well? How very admit that his life has been a much has after life changed the

brilliant failure. But while you, estimates which we formed in those thoughtful reader, in such a retrodays, of the intellectual mark and spect as I have been supposing, probable fate of one's friends and sometimes wonder at the decent acquaintances ! You remember and reasonable success of the the dense, stolid dunces of that dunce, do you not often lament time: you remember the men who over the fashion in which those sat next you in the lecture-room, who promised well, and even briland never answered rightly a ques- liantly, have disappointed the hopes tion that was put to them : you entertained of them? What miseremember how you used to wonder rable failures such have not unif they would always be the dunces frequently made! And not always they were then. Well, I never through bad conduct either : not knew a man who was a dunce at always, though sometimes, by taktwenty, to prove what might be ing to vicious courses ; but rather called a brilliant or even a clever by a certain want of tact and man in after life ; but we have all sense, or even by just somehow known such do wonderfully de- missing the favourable tide. You cently. You did not expect much have got a fair living and a fair of them, you see.

You did not standing in the Church ; you have try them by an exacting standard. held them for eight or ten years ; If a monkey were to write his when some evening as you are sitname, you would be so much sur- ting in your study or playing with prised at seeing him do it at all, that your children, a servant tells you, you would never think of being doubtfully, that a man is waiting surprised that he did not do it very to see you. A poor, thin, shabbilywell. So, if a man you knew as a dressed fellow comes in, and in remarkably stupid fellow preaches faltering tones begs for the loan of a decent sermon, you hardly think five shillings. Ah, with what a of remarking that it is very com- start you recognise him! It is the monplace and dull, you are so much clever fellow whom you hardly beat pleased and surprised to find that at college, who was always so lively the man can preach at all. And and merry, who sang so nicely, and then, the dunces of college days was so much asked out into society. are often sensible, though slow : You had lost sight of him for 1860.]

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several years; and now here he is, can testify that their lot, like their shabby, dirty, smelling of whisky, abilities, their stature, is a sort of with bloated face and trembling middling thing. There is about it hand: alas, alas, ruined! Oh, do an equable sobriety, a sort of not give him up. Perhaps you can average endurableness. Some things do something for him. Little kind

go well :

some things ness he has known for very long. There is a modicum of disappointGive him the five shillings by all ment: there is a modicum of sucmeans; but next morning see you But so much of disappointgo out, and try what may be done ment comes to the lot of almost to lift him out of the slough of all, that there is no object in nature despond, and to give him a chance at which we all look with so much for better days! I know that it interest as the invariably lucky may be all in vain ; and that after man—the man whom all this sysyears gradually darkening down tem of things appears to favour. you may some day, as you pass the You knew such a one at school : police-office, find a crowd at the you knew him at college: you door, and learn that they have got knew him at the bar, in the Church, the corpse of the poor suicide in medicine, in politics, in society. within. And even when the failure Somehow he pushes his way : is not so utter as this, you find, now things turn up just at the right and then, as life goes onward, that time for him : great people take a this and that old acquaintance has, fancy to him: the newspapers cry you cannot say how, stepped out him up. Let us hope that you do of the track, and is stranded. He not look at him with any feelings went into the Church : he is no of envy or bitterness ; but you worse preacher or scholar than cannot help looking at him with many that succeed ; but somehow great interest, he is so like yourself, he never gets a living. You some- and at the same time so very untimes meet him in the street, thread- like you. Philosophers tell us that bare and soured : he probably real happiness is very equally dispasses you without recognising tributed; but there is no doubt you. O reader, to whom God has that there is a tremendous external sent moderate success, always be difference between the man who chivalrously kind and considerate lives in a grand house, with every to such a disappointed man! appliance of elegance and luxury,

with plump servants, fine horses, I have heard of an eminent man many carriages, and the poor strugwho, when well advanced in years, gling gentleman, perhaps a married was able to say that through all curate, whose dwelling is bare, his life he had never set his mind whose dress is poor, whose fare is on anything which he did not suc- scanty, whose wife is careworn, ceed in attaining. Great and little whose children are ill-fed, shabbily aims alike, he never had known dressed, and scantily educated. It what it was to fail. What a curious is conceivable that fanciful wants, state of feeling it would be to most slights, and failures, may cause the men to know themselves able to rich man as much and as real sufassert so much! Think of a mind fering as substantial wants and in which disappointment is a thing failures cause the poor; but the unknown! I think that one would world at large will recognise the be oppressed by a vague sense of rich man's lot as one of success, fear in regarding one's self as and the poor man's as treated by Providence in a fashion failure. so different from the vast majority This is a world of competition. of the race. It cannot be denied It is a world full of things that that there are men in this world in many people wish to get, and that whose lot failure seems to be the all cannot get at once; and to say rule. Everything to which they this is much as to say that this is put their hand breaks down or goes a world of failures and disappointamiss. But most human beings ments. All things desirable, by their

one of

When you,

very existence imply the disap- pointment; and no doubt the pointment of some.

grapes which are unattainable do my reader, being no longer young, sometimes in actual fact turn sour. look with a philosophic eye at some But let no man tell us that he has pretty girl entering a drawing-room, not known the bitterness of disapyou cannot but reflect, as you sur- pointment for at least a brief space, vey the pleasing picture, and more if he have ever from his birth tried especially when you think of the to get anything, great or small, and twenty thousand pounds-Ah! my yet not got it. Failure is indeed a gentle young friend, you will some thing of all degrees, from the most day make one heart very jolly, but fanciful to the most weighty : disa great many more extremely en- appointment is a thing of all devious, wrathful, and disappointed. grees, from the transient feeling So with all other desirable things; that worries for a minute, to the so with a large living in the Church; great crushing blow that breaks so with any place of dignity; so the mind's spring for ever. Failure with a seat on the bench ; so with is a fact which reaches from the a bishopric; so with the woolsack; poor tramp who lies down by the so with the towers of Lambeth. Só wayside to die, up to the man who with smaller matters; so with a is only made Chief Justice when he good business in the greengrocery

wanted the Chancellorship, or who line; so with a well paying milk- dies Bishop of London when he walk; so with a clerk's situation of had set his heart upon being Archeighty pounds a year; so with an bishop of Canterbury; or to the errand boy's place at three shillings prime minister, unrivalled in eloa week, which thirty candidates quence, in influence, in genius, want, and only one can get. Alas with his fair domains and his proud for our fallen race! Is it not part, descent, but whose horse is beaten at least, of some men's pleasure in after being first favourite for the gaining some object which has been Derby. Who shall say that either generally sought for, to think of the disappointed man felt less bittermortification of the poor fellows ness and weariness of heart than that failed ?

the other? Each was no more than Disappointment, in short, may disappointed ; and the keenness come and must come wherever man of disappointment bears no proporcan set his wishes and his hopes. tion to the reality or the value of the The only way not to be disap- object whose loss caused it. And pointed when a thing turns out what endless crowds of human against you, is not to have really beings, children and old men, cared how the thing went. It is nobles and snobs, rich men and not a truism to remark that this is poor, know the bitternesss of disimpossible if you did care. Of appointment from day to day. It course you are not disappointed at begins from the child shedding failing of attaining an end which many tears when the toy bought you did not care whether you at- with the long-hoarded pence is tained or not; but men seek very

broken the first day it comes few such ends. If a man has home; it goes on to the duke worked day and night for six weeks expecting the Garter, who sees in in canvassing his county, and the newspaper at breakfast that then, having been ignominiously the yards of blue ribbon have been beaten, on the following day tells given to another. What a hard you he is not in the least degree dis- time his servants have that day. appointed, he might just as truly How loudly he roars at them, how assure you, if you met him walk- willingly would he kick them! ing up streaming with water from Little recks he that forenoon a river into which he had just of his magnificent castle and his fallen, that he is not the least wet. ancestral woods. It may here be No doubt there is an elasticity in

mentioned that a very pleasing opthe healthy mind which very soon portunity is afforded to malignant tides it over even a severe disap- people for mortifying a clever, am

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bitious man, when any office is tainty on its appearing; the letter vacant to which it is known he of no great consequence, which yet aspires. A judge of the Queen's you would have liked to have had. Bench has died: you, Mr. Verjuice, A certain blankness—a feeling difknow how Mr. Swetter, Q.C., has ficult to define-attends even the been rising at the bar; you know slightest disappointment; and the how well he deserves the ermine. effect of a great one is very stunning Well, walk down to his chambers; and embittering indeed. You rego in and sit down ; never mind member how the nobleman in Ten how busy he isyour time is of no Thousand a Year, who had been value—and talk of many different refused a seat in the Cabinet, symmen as extremely suitable for the pathized with poor Titmouse's exvacant seat on the bench, but never clamation when, looking at the in the remotest manner hint at the manifestations of gay life in Hydeclaims of Swetter himself. I have park, and feeling his own absolute often seen the like done. And you, exclusion from it, he consigned Mr. Verjuice, may conclude almost everything to perdition. All the with certainty that in doing all this ballads of Professor Aytoun and you are vexing and mortifying a de- Mr. Theodore Martin are admirable, serving man. And such a conside- but there is none which strikes me ration will no doubt be compensa- as more so than the brilliant imitation sufficient to your amiable tion of Locksley Hall. And how nature for the fact that every true to nature the state of mind asgenerous muscular Christian would cribed to the vulgar snob who is the like to take you by the neck, and hero of the ballad, who, bethinking swing your sneaking carcase out of himself of his great disappointment the window.

when his cousin married somebody Even a slight disappointment, else, bestowed his extremest objurspeedily to be repaired, has in it gations upon all who had abetted the something that jars painfully the hateful result, and then summed mechanism of the mind. You go up thus comprehensively to the train, expecting a friend, Cursed be the foul apprentice, who his certainly. He does not come. Now loathsome fees did earn; this worries you, even though you

Cursed be the clerk and parson ; CURSED receive at the station a telegraphic BE THE WHOLE CONCERN ! message that he will be by the train It may be mentioned here as a which follows in two hours. Your fact to which experience will tesmagazine fails to come by post on tify, that such disappointments as the last day of the month; you that at the railway station and the have a dull, vague sense of some- post-office are most likely to come thing wanting for an hour or two, when you are counting with absoeven though you are sure that you lute certainty upon things happenwill have it next morning. And ing as you wish ; when not a misindeed a very large share of the dis- giving has entered your mind as to appointments of civilized life are your friend's arriving or your letter associated with the post-office. I do coming. A little latent fear in your not suppose the extreme case of the soul that you may possibly be dispoor fellow who calls at the office appointed, seems to have a certain expecting a letter containing the power to fend off disappointment, money without which he cannot on the same principle on which see how he is to get through taking out an umbrella is found to the day; nor of the man who finds prevent rain. What you are preno letter on the day when he ex- pared for rarely happens. The prepects to hear how it fares with a cise thing you expected comes not dear relative who is desperately once in a thousand times. A consick. I am thinking merely of the fused state of mind results from lesser disappointments which com- long experience of such cases. Your monly attend post-time: the T'imes real feeling often is : Such a thing not coming when you were count- seems quite sure to happen ; I may ing with more than ordinary cer- say I expect it to happen; and yet


I don't expect it, because I do: for fine, than they had fancied themexperience has taught me that the selves to be. But it is only to a precise thing which I expect, which limited portion of human kind that I think most likely, hardly ever such words as disappointment and

I am not prepared to side success are mainly suggestive of with a thoughtless world, which is gratified or disappointed ambition, ready to laugh at the confused of happy or blighted affection; to statement of the Irishman who had the great majority they are suggeskilled his pig. It is not a bull; it tive rather of success or non-success is a great psychological fact that is in earning bread and cheese, in involved in his seemingly contra- finding money to pay the rent, in dictory declaration—It did not generally making the ends meet. weigh as much as I expected, and I You are very young, my reader, never thought it would !

and little versed in the practical

affairs of ordinary life, if you do When young ladies tell us that not know that such prosaic matters such and such a person ‘has met make to most men the great aim of with a disappointment,' we all un- their being here, so far as that aim derstand what is meant. The is bounded by this world's horizon. phrase, though it is conventionally The poor cabman is successful or is intelligible enough, involves a fal- disappointed according as he sees, lacy: it seems to teach that the while the hours of the day are disappointment of the youthful passing over, that he is making up heart in the matter of that which or not making up the shillings he in its day is no doubt the most must hand over to his master at powerful of all the affections, is by night, before he has a penny to get emphasis the greatest disappoint- food for his wife and children. ment which a human being can The little tradesman is successful ever know. Of course that is an or the reverse, according as he sees entire mistake. People get over or does not see from week to week that disappointment: not but what such a small accumulation of petty it may leave its trace, and possibly profits as may pay his landlord, and colour the whole of remaining life; feave a little margin by help of sometimes resulting in an unlovely which he and his family may bitterness and hardness of nature; struggle on. And many an edusometimes prolonging even into age cated man knows the analogous a lingering thread of old romance, feelings. The poor barrister, as he and keeping a kindly corner in a waits for the briefs which come in heart which worldly cares have in so slowly—the young doctor, hoping great measure deadened. But the

for patients--understand them all. disappointment which has its seat Oh what slight, fanciful things, to in the affections is outgrown as the such men, appear such disappointaffections themselves are outgrown,

ments as that of the wealthy proas the season of their predominance prietor who fails to carry his passes away; and the disappoint- county, or the rich mayor or proment which sinks the deepest and vost who fails of being knighted ! lasts the longest of all the disappointments which are fanciful There is an extraordinary arbitrarather than material, is that which riness about the way in which great reaches a man through his ambition success is allotted in this world. and his self-love,--principles in his Who shall say that in one case out nature which outlast the heyday of of every two, relative success is in the heart's supremacy, and which proportion to relative merit? Nor endure to man's latest years. The need this be said in anything of a bitter and the enduring disappoint- grumbling or captious spirit. It is

. ment to most human beings is that but repeating what a very wise which makes them feel, in one way man said long ago, that 'the race or other, that they are less wise, is not always to the swift, nor the clever, popular, graceful, accom

battle to the strong. I suppose no plished, tall, active, and 'in short


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