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Title: Father Payne Author: Arthur Christopher Benson Release Date: May 4, 2004 [EBook #12264] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK FATHER PAYNE *** Produced by David Newman and PG Distributed Proofreaders.
Produced from images provided by the Million Book Project. FATHER PAYNE By Arthur Christopher Benson 1915 PREFACE Often as I have thought of my old friend -Father Payne,- as we affectionately called him, I had somehow never intended to write about him, or if I did, it was -like as a dream when one awaketh,- a vision that melted away at the touch of common life.
Yet I always felt that his was one of those rich personalities well worth depicting, if the attitude and gesture with which he faced the world could be caught and fixed.
The difficulty was that he was a man of ideas rather than of performance, suggestive rather than active: and the whole history of his experiment with life was evasive, and even to ordinary views fantastic. Besides, my own life has been a busy one, full of hard ordinary work: it was not until the war gave me, like many craftsmen, a most reluctant and unwelcome space of leisure, that I ever had the opportunity of considering the possibility of writing this book.
I am too old to be a combatant, and too much of a specialist in literature to transmute my activities.
I lately found myself with my professional occupations suddenly suspended, and moreover, like many men who have followed a wholly peaceful profession, plunged in a dark bewilderment as to the onset of the forces governing the social life of Europe.
In the sad inactivity which ...

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