As none such is on record, it is safe to assume that none existed Tradition
,--which sometimes brings down truth that history has let slip, but is oftener the wild babble of the time, such as was formerly spoken at the fireside and now congeals in newspapers,--tradition
is responsible for all contrary averments.
To match an English and a Scottish author in the rival task of embodying and reviving the traditions
of their respective countries, would be, you alleged, in the highest degree unequal and unjust.
Whether it is the old lady's fear, or the many ghostly traditions
of this place, or the crucifix itself, I do not know, but I am not feeling nearly as easy in my mind as usual.
Time had thrown an impenetrable veil over it, and left to tradition
and fable and conjecture to say what had once been there portrayed.
This man's grandfather, also named Edgar--they keep the tradition
of the family Christian name--quarrelled with his family and went to live abroad, not keeping up any intercourse, good or bad, with his relatives, although this particular Edgar, as I told you, did visit his family estate, yet his son was born and lived and died abroad, while his grandson, the latest inheritor, was also born and lived abroad till he was over thirty--his present age.
It was less trouble to conform with the tradition
and treat May exactly as all his friends treated their wives than to try to put into practice the theories with which his untrammelled bachelorhood had dallied.
Presently, as he turned a corner and shot his hearse into a dismal ditch between two long rows of towering, untenanted buildings, the gay gondolier began to sing, true to the traditions
of his race.
The teeming and peaceful population of China had been "westernised" during the opening years of the twentieth century with the deepest resentment and reluctance; they had been dragooned and disciplined under Japanese and European--influence into an acquiescence with sanitary methods, police controls, military service, and wholesale process of exploitation against which their whole tradition
In Ionia and the islands the epic poets followed the Homeric tradition
, singing of romantic subjects in the now stereotyped heroic style, and showing originality only in their choice of legends hitherto neglected or summarily and imperfectly treated.
There were also political and satirical songs and miscellaneous poems of various sorts, among them certain 'Bestiaries,' accounts of the supposed habits of animals, generally drawn originally from classical tradition
, and most of them highly fantastic and allegorized in the interests of morality and religion.
Again, "the good and just," throughout the book, is the expression used in referring to the self-righteous of modern times,-- those who are quite sure that they know all that is to be known concerning good and evil, and are satisfied that the values their little world of tradition
has handed down to them, are destined to rule mankind as long as it lasts.
This had always been a principle in the Dodson family; it was one form if that sense of honor and rectitude which was a proud tradition
in such families,--a tradition
which has been the salt of our provincial society.
Still there is so much obscurity in the Indian traditions
, and so much confusion in the Indian names, as to render some explanation useful.
Had their defection from the traditions
of the Tharks been discovered both would have paid the penalty in the great arena before Tal Hajus and the assembled hordes.
It was poetry that inculcated laws and maxims; it was by the harmony of its lines that traditions
were handed down at a time when memory had to supply the place of writing; and it was the first language of wisdom and of inspiration.