“I discerned he was now neither angry nor shocked at my audacity. I saw even that to be thus frankly addressed on a subject he had deemed unapproachable—to hear it thus freely handled—was beginning to be felt by him as a new pleasure—an unhoped-for relief. Reserved people often really need the frank discussion of their sentiments and griefs more than the expansive.
The sternest-seeming stoic is human after all; and to «burst» with boldness and good-will into «the silent sea» of their souls is often to confer on them the first of obligations.
«She likes you, I am sure,» said I, as I stood behind his chair, «and her father respects you.”