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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: The Island Pharisees Author: John Galsworthy Release Date: June 14, 2006 [EBook #2771] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE ISLAND PHARISEES *** Produced by David Widger THE ISLAND PHARISEES By John Galsworthy -But this is a worshipful society- KING JOHN PREFACE Each man born into the world is born like Shelton in this book--to go a journey, and for the most part he is born on the high road.
At first he sits there in the dust, with his little chubby hands reaching at nothing, and his little solemn eyes staring into space.
As soon as he can toddle, he moves, by the queer instinct we call the love of life, straight along this road, looking neither to the right nor left, so pleased is he to walk.
And he is charmed with everything--with the nice flat road, all broad and white, with his own feet, and with the prospect he can see on either hand.
The sun shines, and he finds the road a little hot and dusty; the rain falls, and he splashes through the muddy puddles.
It makes no matter--all is pleasant; his fathers went this way before him; they made this road for him to tread, and, when they bred him, passed into his fibre the love of doing things as they themselves had done them.
So he walks on and on, resting comfortably at nights under the roofs that have been raised to shelter him, by those who went before. Suddenly one day, without intending to, he notices a path or opening in the hedge, leading to right or left, and he stands, looking at the undiscovered.
After that he stops at all the openings in the hedge; one day, with a beating heart, he tries one. And t...

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