MR. GOTOBED'S PHILANTHROPY
MR. GOTOBED, when the persecutions of Goarly were described to him at the scene of the dead fox, ad expressed considerable admiration for the man's character as portrayed by what he then heard. The man,--a poor man too and despised in the land,--was standing up for his rights, all alone, against the aristocracy and plutocracy of the county. He had killed the demon whom the aristocracy and plutocracy worshipped, and had appeared there in arms ready to defend his own territory,--one against so many, and so poor a man against men so rich! The Senator had at once said that he would call upon Mr. Goarly, and the Senator was a man who always carried out his purposes. Afterwards, from John Morton, and from others who knew the country better than Morton, he learned further particulars. On the Monday and Tuesday he fathomed,--or nearly fathomed,--that matter of the 7s. 6d. an acre. He learned at any rate that the owner of the wood admitted a damage done by him to the corn, and then had, himself, assessed the damage without consultation with the injured party; and he was informed also that Goarly was going to law with the lord for a fuller compensation. He liked Goarly for killing the fox, and he liked him more for going to law with Lord Rufford.
He declared openly at Bragton his sympathy with the man and his intention of expressing it. Morton was annoyed, and endeavoured to persuade him to leave the man alone, but in vain. No doubt, had he expressed himself decisively, and told his friend that he should be annoyed by a guest from his house taking part in such a matter, the Senator would have abstained, and would merely have made one more note as to English peculiarities and English ideas of justice; but Morton could not bring himself to do this. 'The feeling of the country will be altogether against you,' he had said, hoping to deter the
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Publication information: Book title: The American Senator. Contributors: Anthony Trollope - Author, John Halperin - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 103.
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