Because there are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehended
; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless.
"My days were spent in close attention, that I might more speedily master the language; and I may boast that I improved more rapidly than the Arabian, who understood very little and conversed in broken accents, whilst I comprehended
and could imitate almost every word that was spoken.
I shall confine myself to a cursory review of the remaining powers comprehended
under this third description, to wit: to regulate commerce among the several States and the Indian tribes; to coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin; to provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the current coin and secureties of the United States; to fix the standard of weights and measures; to establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws of bankruptcy, to prescribe the manner in which the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of each State shall be proved, and the effect they shall have in other States; and to establish post offices and post roads.
And I remember, in frequent discourses with my master concerning the nature of manhood in other parts of the world, having occasion to talk of lying and false representation, it was with much difficulty that he comprehended
what I meant, although he had otherwise a most acute judgment.
Though at the time I but ill comprehended
not a few of his words, yet subsequent disclosures, when I had become more familiar with his broken phraseology, now enable me to present the whole story such as it may prove in the mere skeleton I give.
I don't think she truly comprehended
the enormity of what she was doing."
Starting with a child's comprehended
knowledge of events often belies untruths or inaccuracies that usually start as rumours in the playground and might be adding to feelings of anxiousness or uncertainty.