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LETTERS OF JOHN RUSKIN lish gentleman, with an excellent acquain- tance with the masters of English literature and a genuine fondness for them, and with unusual interest and taste in matters per- taining to the arts.
The feeling of his parents for him was a compound of pride with affection, and his feeling for them was one in which the sense of duty, reverence, and obedience was perhaps a larger element than affection. Lastly, and chief of evils, my judgment of right and wrong and powers of independent action were left entirely undeveloped; because the bridle and blinkers were never taken o£F me. This author- ity he was taught to obey without question, but the lesson of self-nestraint was omitted. It was, of course, only gradually and slowly that I came to a knowledge of the peculiar influences by which his life had been shaped and his character formed.
I had no companions to quarrel with, neither ; nobody to assist, and nobody to thank. The tone of dogmatism and of arbi- [^ftary assertion too often manifest in his writ- ing was entirely absent from his talk.
In tpite of all that he had gone through of suf- fering, in spite of the burden of his work, and the weight of his renown, he had often an almost boyish gayety of spirit and liveli- ness of humor, and always a quick interest in iriiatever might be the subject of the mo- ment He never quarreled with a difference of opinion, and was apt to attribute only too much value to a judgment that did not coincide with his own.
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