"I have hardly had time yet to enjoy a sense of tranquillity, much less to grow impatient under one of loneliness."
"Very well; I hope you feel the content you express:
at any rate, your good sense will tell you that it is too soon yet to yield to the vacillating fears of Lot's wife.
What you had left before I saw you, of course I do not know;
but I counsel you to resist firmly every temptation which would incline you to look back:
pursue your present career steadily, for some months at least."
"It is what I mean to do," I answered.
St. John continued --"It is hard work to control the workings of inclination and turn the bent of nature;
but that it may be done, I know from experience.
God has given us, in a measure, the power to make our own fate;
and when our energies seem to demand a sustenance they cannot get --
when our will strains after a path we may not follow --
we need neither starve from inanition, nor stand still in despair:
we have but to seek another nourishment for the mind, as strong as the forbidden food it longed to taste -- and perhaps purer;
and to hew out for the adventurous foot a road as direct and broad as the one Fortune has blocked up against us, if rougher than it.