By William Morris
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N-o--no," said I, with some hesitation. " "At any rate," said he, "one thing I think I can answer for: whatever sentiment there is, it is real--and general; it is not confined to people very specially refined. I am also pretty sure, as I hinted to you just now, that there is not by a great way as much suffering involved in these matters either to men or to women as there used to be. But excuse me for being so prolix on this question! " "Indeed I thank you very much," said I. " He laughed very heartily for a man of his years, and said: "It is not without reason that I have got a reputation as a careful student of history.
But of course he could live in a prettier house if he liked: he is not obliged to live in one place any more than any one else. " And he led the way upstairs, and opening a door we went into a fair- sized room of the old type, as plain as the rest of the house, with a few necessary pieces of furniture, and those very simple and even rude, but solid and with a good deal of carving about them, well designed but rather crudely executed. At the furthest corner of the room, at a desk near the window, sat a little old man in a roomy oak chair, well becushioned.
Said I: "This side of your change is certainly for the better. " "Perhaps," said he, "you have seen a tolerable picture of these villages as they were before the end of the nineteenth century. " "I have seen several of such pictures," said I. "Well," said Hammond, "our villages are something like the best of such places, with the church or mote-house of the neighbours for their chief building. Only note that there are no tokens of poverty about them: no tumble-down picturesque; which, to tell you the truth, the artist usually availed himself of to veil his incapacity for drawing architecture.