Then there was a black-eyed restaurant waiter who was a theosophist, a union baker who was an agnostic, an old man who baffled all of them with the strange philosophy that WHAT IS IS RIGHT, and another old man who discoursed
interminably about the cosmos and the father-atom and the mother-atom.
General Drumblade, sitting next to her in one of the places of honor, discoursed
to Isabel privately on "my brother-in-law Hardyman's infernal temper.
Between the times of the arrival and departure of the waiter, the man discoursed
to the women on the tender regard he felt for all living things.
Hard are the ways of truth, and rough to walk, Smooth on the tongue discoursed
, pleasing to the ear, And tunable as sylvan pipe or song; What wonder, then, if I delight to hear Her dictates from thy mouth?
These things I know for very sooth, for I had them from that pious Christian and valiant knight, Sir John de Mandeville, who stopped twice at Beaulieu on his way to and from Southampton, and discoursed
to us concerning what he had seen from the reader's desk in the refectory, until there was many a good brother who got neither bit nor sup, so stricken were they by his strange tales.
I walked over each farmer's premises, tasted his wild apples, discoursed
on husbandry with him, took his farm at his price, at any price, mortgaging it to him in my mind; even put a higher price on it -- took everything but a deed of it -- took his word for his deed, for I dearly love to talk -- cultivated it, and him too to some extent, I trust, and withdrew when I had enjoyed it long enough, leaving him to carry it on.
When the kings thus discoursed
and talked eagerly of the happiness of their fathers, there came upon Zarathustra no little desire to mock at their eagerness: for evidently they were very peaceable kings whom he saw before him, kings with old and refined features.