ONE'S impressions of any country are partly reflections of one's own emotions there. England would always represent to Angus the happiness of purposeful endeavor. That is real happiness, perhaps the most dependable men ever find, but to Angus it was a familiar one raised to new peaks of challenge and satisfaction. England also gave him masculine friendships, permanent because based on common values, and it gave him a sense of security in the solid and unequivocal permanence of the English spirit. Endeavor, friendship, and security are good emotions but elementary ones, and though Angus did not know it, maturity demanded something more.
The Continent offered him expansion of spirit, and Angus got there all of it his personal limitations would allow. The process gave him happiness of a more illuminating kind: like a blind man whose eyes by some miracle discern suddenly a new world of color and variety under dazzling sunlight, Angus discovered beauty and the freedom of emotional release.
Some of this was not due to the Continent as it was, but to the Continent as mirrored in Angus' eyes. While Oxford and England
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Publication information: Book title: Trial Balance:The Education of an American. Contributors: Alan Valentine - Author. Publisher: Pantheon. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1956. Page number: 100.
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