Far Away and Long Ago

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CHAPTER XVII A BOY'S ANIMISM

The animistic faculty and its survival in us--A boy's animism and its persistence--Impossibility of seeing our past exactly as it was--Serge Aksakoff's history of his childhood--The child's delight in nature purely physical--First intimations of animism in the child--How it affected me--Feeling with regard to flowers--A flower and my mother --History of a flower--Animism with regard to trees--Locust trees by moonlight--Animism and nature-worship--Animistic emotion not uncommon --Cowper and the Yardley oak--The religionist's fear of nature-- Pantheistic Christianity--Survival of nature-worship in England-- The feeling for nature--Wordsworth's pantheism and animistic emotion in poetry

CHAPTER XVIII THE NEW SCHOOLMASTER

Mr. Trigg recalled--His successor--Father O'Keefe--His mild rule and love of angling--My brother is assisted in his studies by the priest-- Happy fishing afternoons--The priest leaves us--How he had been working out his own salvation--We run wild once more--My brother's plan for a journal to be called _The Tin Box_--Our imperious editor's exactions--My little brother revolts--_The Tin Box_ smashed up--The loss it was to me

CHAPTER XIX BROTHERS

Our third and last schoolmaster--His many accomplishments--His weakness and final breakdown--My important brother--Four brothers, unlike in everything except the voice--A strange meeting--Jack the Killer, his life and character--A terrible fight--My brother seeks instructions from Jack--The gaucho's way of fighting and Jack's contrasted--Our sham fight with knives--A wound and the result--My feeling about Jack and his eyes--Bird-lore--My two elder brothers' practical joke

CHAPTER XX BIRDING IN THE MARSHES

Visiting the marshes--Pajonales and juncales--Abundant bird life--A coots' metropolis--Frightening the coots--Grebe and painted snipe colonies--The haunt of the social marsh hawk--The beautiful jacana and its eggs--The colony of marsh trupials--The bird's music--The aquatic plant durasmillo--The trupial's nest and eggs--Recalling a beauty that has vanished--Our games with gaucho boys--I am injured by a bad boy--The shepherd's advice--Getting my revenge in a treacherous manner--Was it right or wrong?--The game of hunting the ostrich

CHAPTER XXI WILD-FOWLING ADVENTURES

My sporting brother and the armoury--I attend him on his shooting expeditions--Adventure with golden plover--A morning after wild duck-- Our punishment--I learn to shoot--My first gun--My first wild duck--My ducking tactics--My gun's infirmities--Duck-shooting with a blunderbuss--Ammunition runs out--An adventure with rosy-bill duck-- Coarse gunpowder and home-made shot--The war danger comes our way--We prepare to defend the house--The danger over and my brother leaves home

CHAPTER XXII BOYHOOD'S END

The book--The Saladero, or killing-grounds, and their smell--Walls built of bullocks' skulls--A pestilential city--River water and Aljibe water--Days of lassitude--Novel scenes--Home again--Typhus--My first day out--Birthday reflections--What I asked of life--A boy's mind--A brother's resolution--End of our thousand and one nights--A reading spell--My boyhood ends in disaster

CHAPTER XXIII A DARKENED LIFE

A severe illness--Case pronounced hopeless--How it affected me-- Religious doubts and a mind distressed--Lawless thoughts--Conversation with an old gaucho about religion--George Combe and the desire for immortality

CHAPTER XXIV LOSS AND GAIN

The soul's loneliness--My mother and her death--A mother's love for her son--Her character--Anecdotes--A mystery and a revelation--The autumnal migration of birds--Moonlight vigils--My absent brother's return--He introduces me to Darwin's works--A new philosophy of life-- Conclusion

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