Merriman and show him two of my water-colours. And I showed him the sketches -- saying they were by a friend of mine. I didn't dare to say I had done them myself, lest he should think them worthless before he had really looked at them. He liked them so much that he offered to give me five guineas for each, at once.
And he said he would take more, if my friend had any to dispose of! I had a pleasure, then, in keeping the secret. He was discretion itself; didn't ask a single troublesome question, not even my name. And I have been thinking all the way home how good it would be for you to know him! Don't you think so? If we told him the truth about the water-colours, and then got him to look at your picture, mightn't it be of great advantage to you? The children's voices calling impatiently put an end to the talk.
Castledine said that he would have a walk before dark, to see if he could get rid of his headache; and having made himself rather more like a man of this world, he went forth. He was in sore perplexity and travail of spirit. What in the name of common sense had possessed him to tell that silent lie to Godfrey Banks? For the present, perchance, no harm would come of it; but sooner or later what he had done must almost certainly be discovered by his wife, if not by other people.
For, in their serious need, how was it possible to neglect a promising source of income? Here were two men, both excellent judges, who declared the water-colours of value. Yet he had never suspected it. The fact was, his wife's work had been growing better and better by gradual stages, the result of her great patience; this progress he ignored, taking it for granted that she was still at the same point in art as at the time of their marriage, when she drew and coloured not much better than the schoolgirl with a pretty taste in that kind of thing.
She spoke too humbly of her attempts, and assented so cheerfully to all his views of what was worth doing in art. But for a strong vein of artistic faculty in her composition, she must long ago have been discouraged and have given up even amusing herself with sketching from nature. Castledine was quite incompetent to direct her, or to estimate what she did. Convinced that his own genius would display itself in grand subjects on big canvases, he had got into the habit of slighting all work of modest aim and dimensions.
Now and then, asked to look at some drawing which his wife had finished, he said: Evil promptings came into his mind. He felt a preposterous jealousy. Yes, that was why he had allowed Banks to think him the artist of the Is water-colours; he could not bear to become altogether insignificant, subordinate even to his wife. Had the great picture received a modicum of praise, he could have told the truth about the little drawings. But self-esteem held his tongue, and minute after minute went by -- and the lie was irrevocable, or seemed so.
He wandered some distance into the country, and did not return home till an hour after sunset. His wife was waiting anxiously.
Long ago the children lay in bed. She was alone, and troubled because of the strange way in which her joyful news had been received. Being a woman of clear enough judgment in most things, she divined the astonishing truth that her husband was a little envious of the success that had come to her, whilst he laboured year after year without a gleam of encouragement. How was such feeling so compatible with the love she always recognised in him? But men were singular beings, especially those blest or cursed with genius. Castledine entered silently, fatigued and miserable.
Wisely, his wife did not constrain him to talk. She set his accustomed supper of warm bread and milk before him, and waited patiently. When he had eaten, he allowed his hand to be taken and caressed; and of a sudden remorseful tenderness subdued him. I'm going to tell you something disgraceful. I can't look you in the face, but I must tell you.
With red cheeks, burning ears, and eyes like those of a dog conscious of wrong-doing, he half explained how he had been led into deceit. Yet did not tell the whole truth; could not, though aware that what he concealed was the better part of his excuse. He found it impossible to avow that Banks had not a word of commendation for the big picture.
The depreciatory thought afflicted her; she spent a day of struggle with her emotions, and determined that this first scene of discord should also be the last. After a few rather awkward attempts the artist drew them into conversation. I shall take that too. The Umkhozi crew has been sitting with information that could have saved former Orlando Pirates midfielder Onyekachi Okonkwo the wrath of his club. The pedestrian may leave his home just as a lightning storm hits and be struck by lightning, or he may walk into the middle of an altercation on the street and be injured or killed.
Partly to relieve his confusion, and in part because she was really anxious, before discussing the other matter, to know the judgment of such a man as Banks on the work with which all their hopes were connected, Hilda asked: I could see that he didn't quite trust himself to speak decidedly about figure painting. He has never done anything but landscape, and so it was natural. He didn't discourage me in the least! I saw he was impressed by that," stammered Castledine; "and the grouping in general, and the scheme of colour.
Don't think for a moment, Hilda, that he discouraged me. But what a blackguard you must think me to go and " She kept silence. I can't help what he thinks. He shall know that I deceived him. I only allowed him to suppose it. In the first moment she had felt ashamed of what he had done, and very uneasy about the position in which it placed them. The shame still troubled her, but she deemed it so impossible for Horace to go through the humiliation of confessing a lie -- the consequence of which might even be a lasting detriment to him -- that in a flash her mind had contrived how to cloak the deception by continuing it.
What woman has the courage to bid her husband face a mortifying ordeal in the cause of truth, especially when the result of such ordeal will be to glorify herself at his expense? Of a sudden her countenance changed; she laughed, and began to speak as if the matter were trifling.
Let the drawings go without a name. No, no; better still! They shall be signed 'H. Castledine'; that's my name, and yours as well! I've suffered too much already for cheating you of your praise. And think, we shall be only too glad to sell as many drawings as you can make. How is it possible to keep up such a deception for ever? Why, you will have finished your picture in a few months, and then we shall have no more trouble. You don't imagine that these little sketches are really important enough to be talked about? Let us sell as many as we can; they won't please for very long, and in a year or two no one will remember them.
Now go on steadily with your work, and let me draw away whilst the summer lasts. We'll send some of the sketches to London, and see if dealers will buy them. And, you know, Mr. Merriman has promised to take more of them. As if it mattered, Horace! Husband and wife are one, I hope! On the morrow, Castledine forced himself to resume painting with a semblance of confident zeal. The ten guineas would go a long way, and with their help he was soon able to believe that Godfrey Banks knew less than nothing about the higher walks of art.
He prided himself upon the slowness with which he worked. This mental labour exhausted him, and, for a day or two after, he found it necessary to read novels, or wander with his children about the fields. Of late he had been earning a little money as a teacher of drawing; but this employment was degrading; it always made him incapable of handling a brush for the next twenty-four hours. About a week after the visit of the landscape painter, there arrived the drawing promised in exchange for that he took away. Of course it was a delightful bit of work. Castledine remarked, "Pretty -- very pretty," and paid no more attention; but Hilda kept it before her for days, studying and profiting by its masterly characteristics.
The water-colours sent up to London were readily sold. With this resource before her, Hilda was relieved from any necessity of applying again to Mr. Conducting business by correspondence, Horace could sign himself simply "H. Castledine," and needed not to state that he was the artist. But one day towards the end of October a carriage stopped before the house, and Hilda, at the window, was alarmed by seeing the connoisseur from Wells alight and approach.
She rushed upstairs to her husband, spoke a few words of agitated surprise, and ran down again to answer the knock at the door. Merriman was past middle age, lean, tall, grave of aspect. On seeing Hilda, he for an instant looked puzzled; it was plain that he remembered her. But without reference to their former meeting, he explained, in very pleasant tones, that he wished to see Mr. Castledine, of whom he had recently heard in a conversation with Mr. Godfrey Banks the painter. Leaving him in the parlour, Hilda again hurried upstairs.
Banks has sent him here. He knew me again. You must say that I took the water-colours to sell without your knowledge.
Say you had thought very little of them -- were absorbed in your great picture, and that we were dreadfully short of money just then. Do, do be careful! Merriman stayed for more than an hour. Naturally, however, he kept conversation as much as possible to the subject of water-colours.
Horace had little difficulty in following his wife's instructions; when he told the story of Hilda's visit to Wells, the connoisseur showed himself relieved from an embarrassment. When Banks happened to bring out the drawing you gave him, I recognised the workmanship at once, but something of the mystery still remained. I'm not sure," he added, laughing, "that I didn't begin to think of larceny. Castledine was summoned up to the studio. Merriman repeated his laudation of the water-colours, and appeared so taken up with them that only at the moment of leaving was he obliged to invent a few more phrases for Joseph and the Holy Thorn.
To these words Hilda listened eagerly, and they sufficed to inspirit her. When the visitor was gone, she talked exultantly about the painting, and, with her husband's help, avoided a syllable of reference to the imposture which had again been successfully practised. III In one sense Hilda Castledine did not underestimate her work; for the last year she had been conscious of great improvements, and at times it disappointed her that Horace seemed not to recognise this advance.
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She had explained his indifference by humbly admitting to herself that after all she remained an amateur -- the kind of is person especially distasteful to artists of strong individuality. But this excuse was no longer valid; her work had a market value, and that owing to no sensational qualities, to no passing fancy of the public, but in virtue of simple merits which make their claim felt wherever men are capable of recognising true art.
When it was necessary to speak of the matter with her husband, she still used a slighting tone; but her eyes were opened, and she saw, among other things, that Horace had either been insincere with her or was lacking in judgment. This consciousness became a fixed trouble, and blended with the self-reproach due to the falsehood she had undertaken to support. That perfect harmony which had reigned in the little household was gravely disturbed. Castledine could no longer work; when he shut himself into the studio it was only because he grew ashamed of open idling.
He knew that Mr. Merriman's encouragement meant nothing; Banks's silent criticism sank deeper into his mind. A process of disillusion was hastened by the moral imbroglio into which he had slipped. In spite of conceit, he was anything but a man of lax principles; prior to that hapless day of Banks's visit he had never been guilty of grave untruth. But, as generally happens, harassment of material cares had weakened his character and prepared him for yielding to temptation.
Now he could neither renounce his labour nor pursue it. A sense of shame constantly haunted him -- shame at being supported by his wife, shame at taking the credit due to her, shame at his own futility. Even the hours spent with his children were spoilt; he no longer had that pure joy in their affection which used to be the best element of his life.
It was significant that Hilda had ceased to sit with him in the studio. When working at home, she retired to her bedroom -- not venturing to use the parlour lest her occupation should be observed. Even from the children she began to conceal, as far as possible, her artistic pursuits; they might speak to strangers, and, worse still, they might in future years conceive suspicions affecting their father's honesty.
Every day she said to herself that the life of falsehood to which she was committed must not last long. That she was living thus resulted from her own lack of firmness; it was she who had withheld Horace from an avowal of his fault. She admitted it, lamented it, and understood the disastrous results for which she was responsible. At the same time she blamed Horace -- even though her heart loathed and utterly rejected the idea of doing so. Her faith in him had suffered a blow from which it would not recover. This, too, she did her best to deny; but no effort enabled her to talk with him of his work as formerly.
She saw that on his side there existed a corresponding unwillingness; this relieved her from a painful endeavour, but otherwise only intensified the moral disease she had contracted.
One natural result of her artistic success was the development of an ambition which hitherto had taken only the lowliest forms. Formerly she cared for no approval but her husband's, and when even this was denied she could recompense herself with happiness of home. The rich understanding developed from this autonomous approach is irreplaceable on our journey of pursuing happiness. The key elements to finding life interesting, exciting and absolutely worthwhile are these types of principles, not optimistic , not even positive, but actual.
Actually, actual actuality is an important place to live and breathe, and because success is measured by what you overcome, your perspective and inference join the actual elements, insisting these valuable human qualities can only be built through our way of life on earth exactly as it is. It seems life is as it should be, and even though this is unknowable information, it sure seems that way.
Being dependent on circumstance to justify how I feel makes the circumstance at fault for my feelings, when I am actually my "feeling maker. The camel, choosing to ignore the weight, caused himself great pain, but if he thought in an emotionally healthy way, taking responsibility for the stack of straw he piled up on his back, then he would have recognized his incredible load, had self-awareness and removed the stack from his back before it broke.
Then he wouldn't have the need to blame and falsely accuse the innocent single straw, which had nothing to do with the broken back. His self-efficacy and confidence would benefit, and he would commit to care for his condition, instead of relying on the conditions to take care of themselves. Finally, the camel benefits from denying the victim role, being able to identify the worthwhile ideas and turning away from the less desirable ones. Long live human beings! I recently knew of a very sad situation caused by weather and bad timing. During an ice storm, a young man stopped to assist a stranded motorist in a neighboring town and was struck by another vehicle that was sliding on the ice.
This gentleman was trying to be a good samaritan but lost his life instead.
He was not a victim of a crime, but merely circumstances beyond anyone's control. Post your comments Post Anonymously Please enter the code: One of our editors will review your suggestion and make changes if warranted. Note that depending on the number of suggestions we receive, this can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Thank you for helping to improve wiseGEEK! View slideshow of images above. With the festive spirit in the air, Okonkwo gladly sat at the back with his half-jack of brandy. The paramedics had clearly downed a few themselves and continued as they did their rounds.
Not the biggest of drinkers, Okonkwo passed out and the para-medics forgot their passenger at the back, parked the official vehicle at the hospital and headed home. When the evening crew came in for a routine check on the vehicle they sadly discovered that the dayshift guys had forgotten to offload a patient.
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