In cases of distasteful occupation
, the second day is generally worse than the first.
In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations
and my obligations to Society.
This would not do; she immediately stopped, under pretence of having some alteration to make in the lacing of her halfboot, and stooping down in complete occupation
of the footpath, begged them to have the goodness to walk on, and she would follow in half a minute.
All her movements had grown languid; all her usual occupations
were pursued with the same weary indifference; she spent hours alone in her own room; she lost her interest in being brightly and prettily dressed; her eyes were heavy, her nerves were irritable, her complexion was altered visibly for the worse -- in one word, she had become an oppression and a weariness to herself and to all about her.
then let thy hands work for thy livelihood; for, albeit thou best unfit for a speedy post, or for a careful shepherd, or for the warfare, or for the service of a hasty master, yet there be occupations
How now, brother?
Far better would it be for us who have adopted this accursed service to go back to our own houses, and there employ ourselves in pleasanter occupations
-in hunting or fishing, for instance; for what squire in the world is there so poor as not to have a hack and a couple of greyhounds and a fishingrod to amuse himself with in his own village?
For I have already reaped from it such fruits that, although I have been accustomed to think lowly enough of myself, and although when I look with the eye of a philosopher at the varied courses and pursuits of mankind at large, I find scarcely one which does not appear in vain and useless, I nevertheless derive the highest satisfaction from the progress I conceive myself to have already made in the search after truth, and cannot help entertaining such expectations of the future as to believe that if, among the occupations
of men as men, there is any one really excellent and important, it is that which I have chosen.
They require often such long, deliberate, and critical investigation as would be impracticable to men called from their occupations
, and obliged to decide before they were permitted to return to them.
The four faithful servants--for Penelope's intelligence raised her to the level of the other good servants; while they, on the other hand, had lowered themselves to the mute, submissive regularity of the beast --went and came daily in the same occupations
with the infallible accuracy of mechanism.
Yet I should fail in any attempt to convey an idea of the exact character of the studies, or of the occupations
, in which he involved me, or led me the way.
Seeing the ease and security in which these people were living, I felt that this close resemblance of the sexes was after all what one would expect; for the strength of a man and the softness of a woman, the institution of the family, and the differentiation of occupations
are mere militant necessities of an age of physical force; where population is balanced and abundant, much childbearing becomes an evil rather than a blessing to the State; where violence comes but rarely and off-spring are secure, there is less necessity--indeed there is no necessity--for an efficient family, and the specialization of the sexes with reference to their children's needs disappears.
And as it is three months since you have been here, and though, distracted as you must be in your important occupations
, you have forgotten to pay me my rent--as, I say, I have not tormented you a single instant, I thought you would appreciate my delicacy.