Our information respecting Hesiod is derived in the main from notices and allusions in the works
attributed to him, and to these must be added traditions concerning his death and burial gathered from later writers.
We shall understand how they work
, by supposing masons first to pile up a broad ridge of cement, and then to begin cutting it away equally on both sides near the ground, till a smooth, very thin wall is left in the middle; the masons always piling up the cut-away cement, and adding fresh cement, on the summit of the ridge.
This kind of work
required on the part of the workmen extreme nicety and minute attention.
With a wet towel bound about his aching brow, he had been at work
The thought pleased the good cobbler very much; and one evening, when all the things were ready, they laid them on the table, instead of the work
that they used to cut out, and then went and hid themselves, to watch what the little elves would do.
Zarathustra, then,--this shadowy, allegorical personality, speaking in allegories and parables, and at times not even refraining from relating his own dreams--is a figure we can understand but very imperfectly if we have no knowledge of his creator and counterpart, Friedrich Nietzsche; and it were therefore well, previous to our study of the more abstruse parts of this book, if we were to turn to some authoritative book on Nietzsche's life and works
and to read all that is there said on the subject.
Browning is justly chargeable with "obscurity"--with a difficulty of manner, that is, beyond the intrinsic difficulty of his matter--it is very probable that an Introduction to the study of his works
, such as this of Mr.
The men in stripes worked
a shorter day than I at my machine.
These were the ambitious youths of the race, at work
with an earnestness that put to shame the conventional student life of most educational institutions.
You do not know that Bishop Berkeley attested that his metaphysics did not work
. You have no proof.
And so at the end of the week he was a fertilizer man for life--he was able to eat again, and though his head never stopped aching, it ceased to be so bad that he could not work
Adrienne had conscientiously taken the time used to sell the thimble from her morning's work