Tuesday, November 18, 2014

   "Another species of ridicule to be avoided is that kind of sneer often thrown upon those whose hearts are giving way to honest emotion. There is an extreme delicacy in all the finer affections, which makes them shy of observation, and easily checked. Love, wonder, pity, the enthusiasm of poetry, shrink from the notice of even an indifferent eye, and never indulge themselves freely but in solitude, or when heightened by the powerful force of sympathy. Observe an ingenuous youth at a well-wrought tragedy. If all around him are moved, he allows his tears to flow freely; but if a single eye meets him with a glance of contemptuous indifference, he can no longer enjoy his sorrow; he blushes at having wept, and in a moment his heart is shut up to every impression of tenderness." Anna Laetitia Barbauld.

1 comment:

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Fred, very thought provoking post.

From this post I understand that we should make sure that we do not disturb a person who is sincerely letting out his emotion or grief lest he feels guilty of being emotional.

Best wishes