The dramatic instinct to which the life of towns is necessarily unfavourable, is kept alive in the country by the smallness of the stage and the fewness
of the actors.
If their works betray imperfections, we wonder at the fewness
Comparing the town with Sydney, I was chiefly struck with the comparative fewness
of the large houses, either built or building.
But I must confess to having felt sometimes quite crushed when some grand person, examining the details of my home through her eyeglass, and coolly dissecting all that I so much prize from the convenient distance of the open window, has finished up by expressing sympathy with my loneliness, and on my protesting that I like it, has murmured, "sebr anspruchslos." Then indeed I have felt ashamed of the fewness
of my wants; but only for a moment, and only under the withering influence of the eyeglass; for, after all, the owner's spirit is the same spirit as that which dwells in my servants--girls whose one idea of happiness is to live in a town where there are others of their sort with whom to drink beer and dance on Sunday afternoons.
They are solidly built, and are remarkable for the thickness of their walls, and for the fewness
of their windows, many of which are covered by gratings.
We do not find peace in mobs or majorities, and we are not fazed by the fewness
of those who would stand and fight for God's truth and justice.
This bears some explanation: On cursory reading, the New Testament surely feels like its emphasis is on mercy-even though Jesus Christ talked about hell more than anyone else in the Holy Bible; despite His many warnings of narrow paths to Heaven and the fewness
of those chosen for salvation; indeed, despite His dying on a cross to pay for the sins of man.
The reason may be the distinctness of the species used in the hybridization or fewness
of amphidiploid plants.