。， Among the forces which sweep and play throughout the universe,untutored man is but a wisp in the wind. Our civilisation isstill in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longerwholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yetwholly guided by reason. On the tiger no responsibility rests.We see him aligned by nature with the forces of life--he is borninto their keeping and without thought he is protected. We seeman far removed from the lairs of the jungles, his innateinstincts dulled by too near an approach to free-will, his free-will not sufficiently developed to replace his instincts andafford him perfect guidance.
This settled the discussion for the time being, but there was aresidue of opinion which was not satisfactory. There was no timeat which the claims of his wife could have been moreunsatisfactorily pushed. For years he had been steadilymodifying his matrimonial devotion, and found her company dull.Now that a new light shone upon the horizon, this older luminarypaled in the west. He was satisfied to turn his face awayentirely, and any call to look back was irksome.。，