Unformatted text preview: genial, generous and impulsive Mr. Pickwick, and Cervantes satirized knighthood by depicting
the trusting, credulous Don Quixote. We laugh at these figures, but we love them; they preserve for us the
sweetness of childhood and hurt only themselves and their own. Trust in one's fellows is not common,
because the world is organized on egoism more than on fellowship. Where fellowship becomes a code, as in
the relations of men associated together for some great purpose, then a noble trust appears. CHAPTER XVII. 146 So I pass over those whose mood runs all one way the hopeful, the despondent, the pessimist and the
optimist--to other types. We shall then consider the two great directions of interest, introspection and
extrospection, and those whose lives are characterized by one or the other direction.
1. The introspective personality is no more of a unit than any other type. Intelligence, energy and a host of
other matters play their part in the sum total of the character here as elsewhere.
H. I. is what might be called the intellectual introspective personality. From the very earliest days he became
interested in himself as a thinker. "How do my words mean anything?" he asked of his perplexed father at the
investigative age of five. "Where do my thoughts go to when I do not think them?" was the problem he
floored a learned uncle with a year later. This type of curiosity is not uncommon in children; in fact, it is the
conventionality and laziness of the elders that stops children in their study of the fundamentals. H. was not
stopped, for the zeal of his interest was heightened as time went on.
He played with other boys but early found their conclusions and discussions primitive. He became an ardent
bookworm, reading incessantly or rather at such times when his parents permitted, for they were simple folk
who were rather alarmed at their boy's interests and zeal. No noticeable difference from other boys was noted
aside from precocity in study, yet even at the age of ten life was running in two great currents for this boy.
The one current was...
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