The Conquest of New England by the Immigrant

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CHAPTER IV
THE PROGENITOR OF THE YANKEE

THE ultimate tragedy in human affairs is caused by the lack of a sense of proportions. The Greek drama dared greatly, but did not attempt a theme which daunts the spirit of the poet and artist.

Plato, in his Republic, discoursed of the golden mean, and Jesus Christ, by word and example, pointed the way thereto, but society as a whole will none of it, and writhes in self- imposed torment. Whether this is because humanity prefers to do the things it senses to be wrong and to take the inevitable spanking, or is too sophisticated to attempt perfection because it is unattainable, is any one's guess.

Whatever the truth may be as to this, the thinker must note with satisfaction that if human majorities are irresponsible or cynical, human minorities, miserable minorities in most instances, have tried by the exercise of restraint to square with the teaching of seer and prophet; to experience the auream mediocritatem of Horace. To

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