is used well, but Nathanson doesn't know what to do with Baldwin, who seems straight-jacketed throughout.
Furthermore, Mill was not very impressed with his caller--admitting to Carlyle: "I should have thought he was about the last person who would have interested you"--even as Emerson's striking rapport with Carlyle overshadowed his impression of his British contemporary: "I never saw more amiableness
than is in his countenance," he wrote in his journal of Carlyle; and, of the time they spent together: "A white day in my years.
When they read the abstract of the evidence repeatedly laid before the public--When they attend to the conduct of some of the West Indian Ladies towards their slaves--With what horror and anguish must they behold a system which divests the sex of their peculiar glory, their amiableness
, their sensibility; a system which transforms the loveliest part of God's creation into savages and brutes
than to be the wife of a man whose amiableness
depends upon his own sermons'" (112) while Portia admits it is easier to advise well than to act wisely: "it is a good divine that follows his own instructions" (1.
Her arguments, though earnest and ingenious, tend to the idealistic; as readers we are more likely to smile and think that the worldly Mary has a better understanding in this instance when she wittily responds, "'I wish you a better fate Miss Price, than to be the wife of a man whose amiableness
depends upon his own sermons; for though he may preach himself into a good humour every Sunday, it will be bad enough to have him quarrelling about green geese from Monday morning till Saturday night'" (112).