Chapter 23

           ThatRuthhadlittlefaithinhispowerasawriter,didnotalterhernordiminishherinMartin’seyes. Inthebreathingspellofthevacationhehadtaken,hehadspentmanyhoursinself-analysis,andtherebylearnedmuchofhimself. Hehaddiscoveredthathelovedbeautymorethanfame,andthatwhatdesirehehadforfamewaslargelyforRuth’ssake. Itwasforthisreasonthathisdesireforfamewasstrong. Hewantedtobegreatintheworld’seyes; "tomakegood,"asheexpressedit,inorderthatthewomanhelovedshouldbeproudofhimanddeemhimworthy. 

           Asforhimself,helovedbeautypassionately,andthejoyofservingherwastohimsufficientwage. AndmorethanbeautyhelovedRuth. Heconsideredlovethefinestthingintheworld. Itwaslovethathadworkedtherevolutioninhim,changinghimfromanuncouthsailortoastudentandanartist; therefore,tohim,thefinestandgreatestofthethree,greaterthanlearningandartistry,waslove. AlreadyhehaddiscoveredthathisbrainwentbeyondRuth’s,justasitwentbeyondthebrainsofherbrothers,orthebrainofherfather. Inspiteofeveryadvantageofuniversitytraining,andinthefaceofherbachelorshipofarts,hispowerofintellectovershadowedhers,andhisyearorsoofself-studyandequipmentgavehimamasteryoftheaffairsoftheworldandartandlifethatshecouldneverhopetopossess. 

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