Now in the study that night Tom was the upholder of the traditionary method of vulgus doing.
This was all he cared for--to produce eight lines with no false quantities or concords: whether the words were apt, or what the sense was, mattered nothing; and as the article was all new, not a line beyond the minimum did the followers of the dogged method ever produce.
It may be called the vicarious method, obtained amongst big boys of lazy or bullying habits, and consisted simply in making clever boys whom they could thrash do their whole vulgus for them, and construe it to them afterwards; which latter is a method not to be encouraged, and which I strongly advise you all not to practise.
Especially, there is nothing to be made in this way without method
But the mind of man not only refuses to believe this explanation, but plainly says that this method
of explanation is fallacious, because in it a weaker phenomenon is taken as the cause of a stronger.
The method is this: in an acre of ground you bury, at six inches distance and eight deep, a quantity of acorns, dates, chestnuts, and other mast or vegetables, whereof these animals are fondest; then you drive six hundred or more of them into the field, where, in a few days, they will root up the whole ground in search of their food, and make it fit for sowing, at the same time manuring it with their dung: it is true, upon experiment, they found the charge and trouble very great, and they had little or no crop.
Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas, by his contrivance, the most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study.
I was at the mathematical school, where the master taught his pupils after a method scarce imaginable to us in Europe.
It was a new ideal method of communication that had been made indispensable by new conditions.
To get a question asked and answered in five minutes by means of an electric wire, instead of in two hours by the slow trudging of a messenger boy--that is the method that best suits our passion for instantaneous service.
And we have so revolutionized our methods of production that we now produce seven times as much coal, fourteen times as much oil and pig- iron, twenty-two times as much copper, and forty-three times as much steel.
Both in sentiment and in methods of work it was living close to the log-cabin period.
Railways and steamships had begun this work of binding man to man by "nobler and cunninger methods.
He thought that the Russian people whose task it was to colonize and cultivate vast tracts of unoccupied land, consciously adhered, till all their land was occupied, to the methods
suitable to their purpose, and that their methods
were by no means so bad as was generally supposed.
Under this method
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