Since daybreak La Ramee had been occupied with the preparations, and trusting no one but himself, he had visited personally the successor
of Pere Marteau.
The art of making it is known to only one living person, the Chief Circle for the time being; and by him it is handed down on his death-bed to none but his Successor
. One manufactory alone produces it; and, lest the secret should be betrayed, the Workmen are annually consumed, and fresh ones introduced.
Laurence, Clara, Charley, and little Alice all laughed at the idea of such a successor
to the worthies of old times.
One age followed another--and still, generation after generation, the successors of the three Brahmins watched their priceless Moonstone, night and day.
(carrying its curse with it) from one lawless Mohammedan hand to another; and still, through all chances and changes, the successors of the three guardian priests kept their watch, waiting the day when the will of Vishnu the Preserver should restore to them their sacred gem.
Considering the difficulties which men have had to hold to a newly acquired state, some might wonder how, seeing that Alexander the Great became the master of Asia in a few years, and died whilst it was scarcely settled (whence it might appear reasonable that the whole empire would have rebelled), nevertheless his successors maintained themselves, and had to meet no other difficulty than that which arose among themselves from their own ambitions.
And if his successors had been united they would have enjoyed it securely and at their ease, for there were no tumults raised in the kingdom except those they provoked themselves.
As the supreme perfection and universality of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" cast into oblivion whatever pre-Homeric poets had essayed, so these same qualities exercised a paralysing influence over the successors
We may compare the opinion that the older actors entertained of their successors
. Mynniscus used to call Callippides 'ape' on account of the extravagance of his action, and the same view was held of Pindarus.
Under the successors
of these princes, however, a different policy prevailed.
None the less the spirit of the first half of the seventeenth century came gradually to be widely different from that of the preceding fifty years, and before going on to Shakspere's successors
we must stop to indicate briefly wherein the difference consists and for this purpose to speak of the determining events of the period.
Little circumstances, which were perhaps accidental in a great author, were by these critics considered to constitute his chief merit, and transmitted as essentials to be observed by all his successors
. To these encroachments, time and ignorance, the two great supporters of imposture, gave authority; and thus many rules for good writing have been established, which have not the least foundation in truth or nature; and which commonly serve for no other purpose than to curb and restrain genius, in the same manner as it would have restrained the dancing-master, had the many excellent treatises on that art laid it down as an essential rule that every man must dance in chains.
They bequeathed the whole mystery to their successors and heaved a sigh of relief when they were rid of a business that had puzzled them without amusing them in the least."
I then spoke of the two successors and expressed my surprise that, in his Memoirs of a Manager, M.
Surveyor Pue, who made investigations a century later, believed -- and one of his recent successors
in office, moreover, faithfully believes -- that Pearl was not only alive, but married, and happy, and mindful of her mother; and that she would most joyfully have entertained that sad and lonely mother at her fireside.