Arnold drew the right inference, this time, from Sir Patrick's language and Sir Patrick's tones.
Before Arnold could reply Blanche called to him from the lawn.
Arnold's life at sea had left him singularly ignorant of the ways of the world on shore.
When Blanche's eyes turned on Arnold after her uncle had gone out, not even the hideous fashionable disfigurements of the inflated "chignon" and the tilted hat could destroy the triple charm of youth, beauty, and tenderness beaming in her face.
Arnold's resolution to speak was as firmly settled as a resolution could be.
But in two minutes or less it would be Arnold's turn to play.
A sudden timidity seized on Arnold exactly at the wrong moment.
She could have boxed Arnold on both ears for being so unreasonably afraid of her.
Arnold made a last plunge--straight to the bottom, this time.
For the cure of these evils Arnold's proposed remedy was Culture, which he defined as a knowledge of the best that has been thought and done in the world and a desire to make the best ideas prevail.
Arnold felt strongly that a main obstacle to Culture was religious narrowness.
Toward democracy Arnold took, not Carlyle's attitude of definite opposition, but one of questioning scrutiny.
Arnold's doctrine, of course, was not perfectly comprehensive nor free from prejudices; but none could be essentially more useful for his generation or ours.
The differences between Arnold's teaching and that of his two great contemporaries are probably now clear.
Arnold's style is one of the most charming features of his work.