Well, then, I’m very glad–or the contrary, very sorry, that I’m in agreement with Spencer; only I’ve known it a long while. Schools can do no good; what will do good is an economic organization in which the people will become richer, will have more leisure–and then there will be schools.” Starry Night Owls Colorful Owl Diamond Painting poster. “Still, all over Europe now schools are obligatory.”
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“And how far do you agree with Spencer yourself about it?” asked Levin. Starry Night Owls Colorful Owl Diamond Painting poster. But there was a gleam of alarm in Sviazhsky’s eyes, and he said smiling: “No; that screaming story is positively capital! Did you really hear it yourself?” Levin saw that he was not to discover the connection between this man’s life and his thoughts. Obviously he did not care in the least what his reasoning led him to; all he wanted was the process of reasoning. And he did not like it when the process of reasoning brought him into a blind alley. That was the only thing he disliked, and avoided by changing the conversation to something agreeable and amusing.
All the impressions of the day, beginning with the impression made by the old peasant, which served, as it were, as the fundamental basis of all the conceptions and ideas of the day, threw Levin into violent excitement. This dear good Sviazhsky, keeping a stock of ideas simply for social purposes, and obviously having some other principles hidden from Levin, while with the crowd, whose name is legion, he guided public opinion by ideas he did not share; that irascible country gentleman, perfectly correct in the conclusions that he had been worried into by life, but wrong in his exasperation against a whole class, and that the best class in Russia; his own dissatisfaction with the work he had been doing, and the vague hope of finding a remedy for all this–all was blended in a sense of inward turmoil, and anticipation of some solution near at hand.