The Lighted Lamp: A Novel (Classic Reprint)by Charles Hanford Henderson
At thirty-four, Robert Pendexter had not done anything, and nothing had happened to him. He passed as a good man, but this was rather a negative reputation, for he had never been put to any severe test. He passed as a useful man, but this was because the standard of usefulness had never been critically examined. He passed
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At thirty-four, Robert Pendexter had not done anything, and nothing had happened to him. He passed as a good man, but this was rather a negative reputation, for he had never been put to any severe test. He passed as a useful man, but this was because the standard of usefulness had never been critically examined. He passed for a companionable man, but this was among persons who were socially not exacting.
Had one told the plain truth about Robert, one would have said that he was commonplace, that he was inoffensive, and that he was asleep. If Robert had died, then, at thirty-four, he would have been temperately mourned by a small group of friends, but not even his nearest and least indifferent relative, his Aunt Matilda Pendexter, would have thought of writing an obituary notice of him for the "Evening Transcript." Robert would have passed on, one more amorphous, unchiseled soul, to the waiting-hall of souls. But Robert did not die at thirty-four, and shortly after he had reached that birthday, something did happen. Indeed, two things happened.
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