Sentences

Two sentences from the much sneered-at Pierre.  Aloud, please:

Besides, Pierre knew this:—that so invincible is the natural, untamable, latent spirit of a courageous manliness in man, that though now socially educated for thousands of years in an arbitrary homage to the Law, as the one only appointed redress for every injured person; yet immemorially and universally, among all gentleman of spirit, once to have uttered independent personal threats of personal vengeance against your foe, and then, after that, to fall back slinking into court, and hire with sops a pack of yelping pettifoggers to fight the battle so valiantly proclaimed; this, on the surface, is ever deemed decorous, and very prudent—a most wise second thought; but at bottom, a miserably ignoble thing.  Frederic was not the watery man for that,—Glen had more grapey blood in him.

Herman Melville     Pierre     pp.335-6

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