Illustration from THE AMERICAN WEEKLY,
May 15, 1949
by Karl Godwin
It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared,
can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live. There is but one reasonable
explanation of it. The intellect is stunned by the shock and but gropingly
gathers the meaning of the words. The power to realize their full import
is mercifully lacking.
The dreamer's valuation of a thing lost--not another man's--is the only
standard to measure it by, and his grief for it makes it large and great
and fine, and is worthy of our reverence in all cases.
Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of
proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events
of the same size.
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