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Examples of Sturdiness
A Yankee boy who would cheerfully travel in those days, when distances were long and unmotored, as far from Connecticut as the Carolinas, earning his way by peddling, laying down his pack to teach school when opportunity offered, must possess a basic sturdiness.
And Miss Alcott is fond of working her story around, so that she can better rub in a moral precept-and the moral sometimes browbeats the story.
This was apparently not very evident when he got to preaching his idealism.
But with all the elder Alcott's vehement, impracticable, visionary qualities, there was a sturdiness and a courage-at least, we like to think so.
All around you, under the Concord sky, there still floats the influence of that human faith melody, transcendent and sentimental enough for the enthusiast or the cynic respectively, reflecting an innate hope-a common interest in common things and common men-a tune the Concord bards are ever playing, while they pound away at the immensities with a Beethovenlike sublimity, and with, may we say, a vehemence and perseverance-for that part of greatness is not so difficult to emulate.
And there sits the little old spinet-piano Sophia Thoreau gave to the Alcott children, on which Beth played the old Scotch airs, and played at the Fifth Symphony.