The simple pathos, and the apparent indirectness of such a tale as that of 'Poticoushka,' the peasant conscript, is of vastly more value to the world at large than all his parables; and 'The Death of Ivan Ilyitch,' the Philistine worldling
, will turn the hearts of many more from the love of the world than such pale fables of the early Christian life as "Work while ye have the Light.
, now his heart-blood dries with grief;
My meditative silence appeared to weigh upon the spirits of this worldling
, and to force him, as it were, into talking to me against his own will.
For indeed, every sect of them, hath a diverse posture, or cringe by themselves, which cannot but move derision in worldlings
, and depraved politics, who are apt to contemn holy things.
On this account all the serene souls who loved the earth and its fruits had gradually gathered together at Haarlem, just as all the nervous, uneasy spirits, whose ambition was for travel and commerce, had settled in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and all the politicians and selfish worldlings
at the Hague.
It has its Greek Convent, and the coffee there is good, but never a splinter of the true cross or bone of a hallowed saint to arrest the idle thoughts of worldlings
and turn them into graver channels.
If the simplest people are disposed to look not a little kindly on great Prosperity (for I defy any member of the British public to say that the notion of Wealth has not something awful and pleasing to him; and you, if you are told that the man next you at dinner has got half a million, not to look at him with a certain interest)--if the simple look benevolently on money, how much more do your old worldlings
Ambitious men caught glimpses of nobler ambitions than their own, and even worldlings
confessed that his beliefs were beautiful and true, although `they wouldn't pay'.
Peasants, no less than worldlings
, end by despising the man that they can deceive.
The suffering of the Christian, ennobled by the intensity and duration of that agony, everywhere marks her letters: "The word of God is not more express on any point than on the inevitable endurance of suffering to the Christian more peculiarly than to the worldling
and on the special blessings derived from that endurance.
Certainly it is not an edifying spectacle to see a Christian worldling
throwing stones at a Christian perfectionist.
See Margaret Eliot Macgregor, "Amelia Alderson Opie: Worldling
and Friend," Studies in Modern Languages 14 (Northampton: Smith College, 1933): 11.