Tim is essentially converted by the end of the first chapter, as he sees and admits that his "base conduct" has caused his wife to lose both "her former beauty and amiableness
never fail[s] him during the rest of his stay at Hartfield" (139).
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." (4) If Emerson and Mill's meeting did not effectuate an immediate kinship (perhaps they would have liked each other more had they met in later years), there is yet something intriguing in a thought about the trajectories of their thinking after the meeting--of a warm kinship in their ideas despite their cool encounter.
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" (1.2.14; see Wiltshire, MP 673).