“asked Charlie, both amused and interested, for he respected Mac more than he owned even to himself, and though he had never alluded to the timely warning, neither forgot.
«Yes, I think of it.»
«How will you begin?» «Do my best all-round keep good company, read good books, love good things, and cultivate soul and body as faithfully and wisely as I can.»
«And you expect to succeed, do you?»
«Please God, I will.»
The quiet energy of Mac's last words produced a momentary silence. Charlie thoughtfully studied the carpet; Archie, who had been absently poking the fire, looked over at Mac as if he thanked him again, and Steve, forgetting his self-conceit, began to wonder if it was not possible to improve himself a little for Kitty's sake.”