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of drawing attention to himself. These are all results, trifling as they are, of the same feeling.
But, of course, there are cases in which this is a much more serious matter ;-—when a boy is driven out of what is right by ridicule. We may, I hope, fairly say, that this is a rare case ; and that, when there is no settled inclination to wrong, mere ridicule will seldom effect that, which is contrary to a boy's good feeling. But we may say, I think with truth, that the same feeling, particularly if it be ably attacked by some boy who has a good deal of influence in the school, sometimes stays boys of bad character, if not from evil, at least from publicly displaying and boasting of their wrong behaviour, and so misleading others by it ; for, as Horace aptly says,
But it is worthy of observation how soon this feeling wears away at the University. There a young man begins to feel himself more independent of the mere thoughtless opinion of his equals. He begins to learn, that all that are around him do not care so much about what he is employed in, as to be always making remarks on him : yet even then, as many will testify, if he visits Eton for a short time, he feels the same undefinable dread, existing as it were in the atmosphere of Eton alone.
That Eton boys are prone to ridicule not only their companions, but anyone else who may come in their way, I admit: but then what is the reason why they feel this ridicule so acutely? Surely it is, that while each one fancies himself deserving of it, which he very probably may be to a certain extent, he does not consider that those who laugh at him are equally worthy of, and often equally meet with derision, just as Horace says in the words with which I have headed my paper,
And I believe it to be a true conclusion, that we are afraid of ridicule, because we do not fancy that our derider has equally vulnerable points ; just as one boy will not fight another, because he does not think his blows will do as much injury as his adversary's. If then we only open our eyes, so as to see how those who attack us are open to our retaliation, we shall have something to help us to sustain our presence of mind, when circumstances mark us out as objects for ridicule.
Again then, in conclusion, I beg that my schoolfellows, (for so I hope I may still call them,) will pardon me for attacking a fault, which they may not have noticed in themselves, and one which I confess to having laboured under myself, in no small degree. And I hope, that they will consider me as much a lover of Eton, as if I had praised all her customs, her attractions, and her pleasures ; inasmuch as it is difficult for one, who has tasted of the latter, to believe that there are any of the former to require redress.
Surgel anime, veternum
Te ad sacrificium.
2. Scelera præteritorum Juvenilium annorum
Decet reparare ;
Credita tibi talenta,
Summa vocet hora.
Sit culparum labe pura
Omni innocentia :
Nam quocunque pedes vertas, Adest Deus ; et incertas
Ipse pandet vias : Mentis cogitationes Benè scit: nec actiones
Surge ! anime, catenas
Cæli pete sedes.
Inter sacras ædes.
7. Surge ! namque illic omnes Noctis spatium insomnes
Vigilando terunt. Laudes tibi, Sancte Pater, Canunt; et hinc per sacrata
Templa nomen ferunt.
G. P. T.
'Ακτίς 'Αελίου, κ. τ. λ. O evershining Sun! O utmost bound To my poor vision! Glorious eye of day! Why hast thou shrunk from thine accustomed round, Black'ning along thy path, and stol'n away, Confounding Thought, and darkening Wisdom's way?
Say, bring'st thou not some dire vicissitude
Turn thy swift coursers to th' unsullied good
But if thou bear some sign of threat'ning war,
And quite renew man's foul uprooted line ;
THE USE OF THE DRAMA, AND ITS
It is a curious fact, that the French, who once carried their hatred of theatres so far as to exclude actors from Christian burial, are now so inordinately fond of these exhibitions, that they cannot pass one day in the week without a repetition of them. Creatures of impulse as they are, can we wonder that melancholy and low spirits, with their worst consequences, follow this uninterrupted round of excitement?
We are not of the number of those stern moralists who decry all amusements of this sort, and would persuade us that their tendency is vicious, as well as uninstructive. Of all the inventions of genius that have contributed to delight and edify mankind, to