"THE HYPOCRITIC DAYS"
WHEN Emerson settled in Concord in the house which was his home thereafter, lying on the outskirts of the village and not far from woods and wild pas- ture, he found himself in a situation well adapted to his needs and was perhaps more truly among his own people than he had ever been. The long associ- ation of his family with the town and his frequent residence there had made him acquainted with the community almost family by family; he was neither a stranger nor among strangers, but was felt by all to belong there as one of themselves. He led the ordi- nary life of a democratic citizen, interesting himself in his neighbours and in town affairs; notwithstanding the unpopularity of his opinions, he was deeply respected, and on the few occasions when any annoyance was directed against him, it was obviated by his friends with- out any intervention of his own. He lectured for his fellow-citizens at least once every year. He served on the board of the School Committee and of the Library, was one of the managers of the Lyceum, a member of the Social Circle, and on all proper occasions took the public part of a leading citizen and was often the spokesman of the town. He attended the town-meet- ing, though he rarely took part in it. He liked to meet men of all sorts in their natural pursuits and