PEPYS AND HIS INTELLECT
PEPYS had a normally clear and vigorous intellect and liked to use it. He reflected upon life, the movement of the world, and the souls of men and women with more or less logical analysis, and always with curious interest.
Placed as he was, in such surroundings and circumstances, he could not fail to be impressed with the mutability of fortune. Constantly he applies his keen intelligence to the shifts and changes of men's positions: up in the world one day, down the next, now debased, now exalted, and he draws significant if not profitable conclusions, as to the wisdom of hoping little and counting on nothing. Sir George Cartaret, what a great figure he seems, securely established and unshakable, bowed down to everywhere by little petty persons. Yet he, who the other day was so great that nobody durst come nigh him, grows "as supple as a spaniel, and sends and speaks to me with great submission, and readily hears to advice." 1 Which ought to make one humble, but I don't know that it does. It must be confessed that the result of a vast num