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Love And the Philosopher

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"YOU women are always so sentimental!" said the Philosopher, leaning back in a comfortable garden chair and lazily flicking off the ash from an excellent cigar; -- "You overdo the thing. You carry every emotion to an extreme limit. It shows a lamentable lack of judgment." She listened to him with the tiniest quiver of a smile, but offered no reply. She did not even look at the Philosopher. There were many other things which (apparently) engaged her attention, so that unless you knew her very well, you might have said she was not even aware of the Philosopher's existence. This would have been a mistake, -- but no matter! However, there was the garden, to begin with. It was a lovely garden, full of sweet-smelling, old-fashioned flowers. There were roses in such lavish quantity that they seemed to literally blaze upon the old brick walls and rustic pergolas which surrounded and hemmed in the numerous beds and borders set in among the grass. Then there were two white doves strutting on the neatly kept path and declaring their loves, doubts or special mislikings in their own curiously monotonous manner. There was also a thrush perched on a spray of emerald green leaves and singing to his own heart's content, oblivious of an audience. All these trifles of a summer's day pleased her; -- but then, she was easily pleased. "You magnify trifles into momentous incidents," went on the Philosopher, placidly smoking. "Look at the way you behaved about that dead robin yesterday! Found it lying in the garden path, -- picked it up and actually cried over it! Now think of the hundreds of men and women starving to death in London! You never cry over them! No! Like all women you must see a dead robin before you can cry!" She turned her eyes towards him. They were soft eyes, with a rather pleading look just now in their blue depths. "The poor bird!" she murmured. "Such an innocent little thing! It was sad to see it lying dead in the bright sunshine." "Innocent! Sad! Poor!" exclaimed the Philosopher. "Good heavens! What of the human beings who are poor and sad and innocent and all the rest of it, and who die uncared for every day? Besides, how do you know a robin is innocent or sad? I've watched the rascal, I tell you, many a time! He fights with all the other birds as hard as he can, -- he is spiteful, -- he is cruel, -- and he positively trades on his red breast. Trades on it, I tell you! You women again! If he hadn't a red breast you would never be sorry for him. You wouldn't weep for a sparrow. I tell you, as I've often told you before, that you women overdo sentiment and make too much fuss about nothing."

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  • Publication Date: September 15, 2019
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Print Length: 161 Pages
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