The Epic has here an advantage, and one that conduces to grandeur of effect, to diverting the mind of the hearer
, and relieving the story with varying episodes.
I will not sadden you, my little hearers
, with telling how Telephassa died and was buried, but will only say, that her dying smile grew brighter, instead of vanishing from her dead face; so that Cadmus left convinced that, at her very first step into the better world, she had caught Europa in her arms.
Many a time," says he, "was my little lodge thronged, or rather piled with hearers
, for they lay on the ground, one leaning over the other, until there was no further room, all listening with greedy ears to the wonders which the Great Spirit had revealed to the white man.
He saw that she had thoroughly arrested her hearers
In the present instance he yielded, in many places, to the prejudices of his congregation; and when he had ended, there was not one of his new hearers
who did not think the ceremonies less papal and offensive, and more conformant to his or her own notions of devout worship, than they had been led to expect from a service of forms, Richard found in the divine, during the evening, a most powerful co-operator in his religious schemes.
The preacher who can touch and affect such an heterogeneous mass of hearers
, on subjects limited, and long worn threadbare in all common hands; who can say anything new or striking, anything that rouses the attention without offending the taste, or wearing out the feelings of his hearers
, is a man whom one could not, in his public capacity, honour enough.
Our dazzling narrator persuaded his hearers
that, after this trip, many others still more wonderful would be undertaken.
He had read a great deal, chiefly delighting in books which were unusual; and he poured forth his stores of abstruse knowledge with child-like enjoyment of the amazement of his hearers
He spoke with such self-confidence that his hearers
could not be sure whether what he said was very witty or very stupid.
He paused to note the effect of these words; but all his hearers
seemed puzzled and unconvinced.
He spoke with fire and conviction, mincing no words in his attack upon the slaves and their morality and tactics and frankly alluding to his hearers
as the slaves in question.
While they got warm at the stove, he told his hearers
just where he calculated they stood with the Lord.
Thus Caedmon, keeping in mind all he heard, and, as it were, chewing the cud, converted the same into most harmonious verse; and sweetly repeating the same, made his masters in their turn his hearers
We can imagine, therefore, that among such folk a settler, of Aeolic origin like Hesiod, who clearly was well acquainted with the Ionian epos, would naturally see that the only outlet for his gifts lay in applying epic poetry to new themes acceptable to his hearers
He sat there in his little room and made those things live again for his hearers