49. XLIX. THE BEDWARFING VIRTUE. (continued)
To be sure, they also learn in their way to stride on and stride forward:
that, I call their HOBBLING.--Thereby they become a hindrance to all who
are in haste.
And many of them go forward, and look backwards thereby, with stiffened
necks: those do I like to run up against.
Foot and eye shall not lie, nor give the lie to each other. But there is
much lying among small people.
Some of them WILL, but most of them are WILLED. Some of them are genuine,
but most of them are bad actors.
There are actors without knowing it amongst them, and actors without
intending it--, the genuine ones are always rare, especially the genuine
Of man there is little here: therefore do their women masculinise
themselves. For only he who is man enough, will--SAVE THE WOMAN in woman.
And this hypocrisy found I worst amongst them, that even those who command
feign the virtues of those who serve.
"I serve, thou servest, we serve"--so chanteth here even the hypocrisy of
the rulers--and alas! if the first lord be ONLY the first servant!
Ah, even upon their hypocrisy did mine eyes' curiosity alight; and well did
I divine all their fly-happiness, and their buzzing around sunny window-panes.
So much kindness, so much weakness do I see. So much justice and pity, so
Round, fair, and considerate are they to one another, as grains of sand are
round, fair, and considerate to grains of sand.
Modestly to embrace a small happiness--that do they call "submission"! and
at the same time they peer modestly after a new small happiness.
In their hearts they want simply one thing most of all: that no one hurt
them. Thus do they anticipate every one's wishes and do well unto every