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An instinctive desire for completeness animates the human mind (a struggle to circumscribe the infinite). We would like to have life “turn out”—but it doesn’t—it doesn’t. Each event is the beginning of a whole new genealogy of events. ” for no conclusion ever quite satisfied me—even when the hero died in his own gore. I always knew there was something yet remaining to be told. The only sure conclusion we can reach is this: Life changes. —life in the making? ” By such devices we seek to bring infinite existence within our finite egoistic grasp.

So I walked with him down to the lane. ” So we shook hands: and he set off sturdily down the road with the pie-plant leaves waving cheerfully over his shoulder. — VIII A BOY AND A PREACHER  This morning I went to church with Harriet. I usually have some excuse for not going, but this morning I had them out one by one and they were altogether so shabby that I decided not to use them. So I put on my stiff shirt and Harriet came out in her best black cape with the silk fringes. She looked so immaculate, so ruddy, so cheerfully sober (for Sunday) that I was reconciled to the idea of driving her up to the church.

Then I soused my head in the cool stream, dashed the water upon my arms and came up dripping and gasping! Oh, but it was fine! So I came back to the hawthorn tree, where I sat down comfortably and stretched my legs. There is a poem in stretched legs—after hard digging—but I can’t write it, though I can feel 33 DAVID GRAYSON ADVENTURES IN CONTENTMENT it! I got my bag and took out a half loaf of Harriet’s bread. Breaking off big crude pieces, I ate it there in the shade. How rarely we taste the real taste of bread!

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