Never Wonder

1 May 2022 | Humankind | 0 comments

When she was half-a-dozen years younger, Louisa had been overheard to begin a conversation with her brother one day by saying, ’Tom, I wonder’ – upon which Mr Gradgrind, who was the person overhearing, stepped forth into the light and said, ‘Louisa, never wonder!’ Herein lay the spring of mechanical art and mystery of educating the reason without stooping to the cultivation of the sentiments and affections. Never wonder. By means of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, settle everything somehow, and never wonder. ‘Bring to me, says McChoakum-child, yonder baby just able to walk, and I will engage that it shall never wonder.

Charles Dickens (1812-70), Hard Times (1854).

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