Tales for Young and Old eBook

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and it was also a great means of preventing contagion.  This year the disorder was particularly severe, and the ill feeling towards Monsieur de Marne rose to a great height.  He sent large assistance to the village, and endeavoured to mitigate the sufferings of the poor people; but he still heard it said as he passed along:  “There goes Monsieur de Marne, who has come to restore some small part of the hospital land.”  If he visited a sick person, and inquired after his health, he would say:  “I thank you, sir; it is tolerable; but I should have recovered much sooner at the hospital.”  Overwhelmed with remorse, uneasiness, and fatigue, he took the disorder and died, chiefly of grief, for having at any time forgotten that a hospital is filled with individuals, as you just now forgot that a forest is composed of separate trees.’

‘Ah, papa! how melancholy that was,’ said Eugene, who had listened with the greatest attention.

‘My son,’ said Monsieur D’Ambly, ’when you grow up, you will see even worse consequences arise from that want of reflection which makes us regardless of everything that does not come under our own observation, so that when objects are too great for us to see their details, we think nothing about them.’

At that moment Eugene, in a musing mood, took up a stone, as was his custom, to throw among a flight of sparrows which had alighted near him:  he paused.  ‘Papa,’ said he, ’I will not throw a stone at those sparrows, for I remember how sorry I feel when any person torments my sister’s canary bird, and when I see the poor little thing trying to save itself in every corner of the cage:  it seems to me as if each of those sparrows, were I to frighten them, would feel just as my sister’s bird does.’

’That is precisely, my son, what you ought to do if ever you are entrusted with the interests of a number of persons at once; and that you may be tempted to forget that the regiment you command, or the department you have to manage, is composed of men like yourself; and you should always put yourself, or those you love, in the place of each of them.’

They now reached home, and passed close by the lime-tree.

‘Ah!’ said Eugene, ‘I must take my leave of you.’

‘No,’ said Monsieur D’Ambly smiling, ’it shall remain, provided you promise to remember, every time you look at it, that each tree in a forest is entitled to as much respect as your lime, and that in an assemblage of persons, whatever may be their denomination, each person’s interest is of as much importance as your own.’



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