Next day, to make some return for his entertainment, he took upon him to divert me with some of those stories which the monks amuse simple people with, and told me of a devil that haunted a fountain, and used to make it his employment to plague the monks that came thither to fetch water, and continued his malice till he was converted by the founder of their order, who found him no very stubborn proselyte
till they came to the point of circumcision; the devil was unhappily prepossessed with a strong aversion from being circumcised, which, however, by much persuasion, he at last agreed to, and afterwards taking a religious habit, died ten years after with great signs of sanctity.
But if some intelligent and accomplished friend points out to him, that the difficulties by which he is startled are more in appearance than reality, if, by reading aloud to him, or by reducing the ordinary words to the modern orthography, he satisfies his proselyte
that only about one-tenth part of the words employed are in fact obsolete, the novice may be easily persuaded to approach the ``well of English undefiled,'' with the certainty that a slender degree of patience will enable him to enjoy both the humour and the pathos with which old Geoffrey delighted the age of Cressy and of Poictiers.
For in politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes
by fire and sword.
Elder Hitch, as is seen, was trying to make proselytes
on the very railway trains.
He has already made proselytes
of one-fifth of the camp; beginning by working on the women, the children, and the weak-minded.
In labors he has been most abundant; and his success in combating prejudice, in gaining proselytes
, in agi- tating the public mind, has far surpassed the most sanguine expectations that were raised at the com- mencement of his brilliant career.
And there stood the proselytes
beneath the canopy of fire.
Looking right and left for proselytes
, Lady Lundie had necessarily remarked the disappearance of certain members of her circle.
But that they take as proselytes
, persons so young that they cannot know their own minds, and cannot possess much strength of resolution in this or any other respect, I can assert from my own observation of the extreme juvenility of certain youthful Shakers whom I saw at work among the party on the road.
Some of your lady proselytes
may get the better of you some day.
It reminds me of Jesus' warning to the Pharisees, "You travel over land and sea to make a single proselyte
, and any one who becomes one you make twice as fit for hell as you are" (Mat 23:15).
and the Prophet: Character Development in Targum Ruth