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Such is the miraculous power of hot mufﬁns and pie! ” “That’s the one,” I said. “Well, it was just turning into a ﬁeld about two miles above here,” he replied. ” I asked. “Yes, and a little unpainted house,” said our friend. “That’s Parsons’,” put in Harriet, with a mellow laugh. “I wonder if he ever will paint that house. He builds bigger barns every year and doesn’t touch the house. Poor Mrs. Parsons——” And so we talked of barns and threshing machines in the way we farmers love to do and I lured our friend slowly into talking about himself.
Hit me if you dare,” blustered his outward personality. “For God’s sake, don’t hit me,” cried the innate fear in his eyes. I stopped and looked at him sharply, His eyes dropped, his look slid away, so that I experienced a sense of shame, as though I had trampled upon him. A damp rag of humanity! I confess that my ﬁrst impulse, and a strong one, was to kick him for the good of the human race. No man has a right to be like that. And then, quite suddenly, I had a great revulsion of feeling. What was I that I should judge without knowledge?
It seems an unanswerable argument: ﬁfty thousand dollars! “I suppose I might,” I said, “but do you think I’d be any better off or happier with ﬁfty thousand a year than I am now? You see, I like all these surroundings better than any other place I ever knew. That old green hill over there with the oak on it is an intimate friend of mine. I have a good cornﬁeld in which every year I work miracles. I’ve a cow and a horse, and a few pigs. I have a comfortable home. My appetite is perfect, and I have plenty of food to gratify it.
Adventures in Contentment by Ray Stannard Baker