Excerpt from The Theatre, Vol. 23: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music, and the Fine Arts HE Abbe Marignan, as soldier of the Church, bore his fighting title well. He was a tall, thin priest, very fanatical, of an ecstatic but upright soul. All his beliefs were fixed, without ever a wavering. He thought that he understood God thoroughly, that he penetrated His designs, His wishes, His in tentions. When he promenaded with great strides in the garden-walk of his little country parsonage, sometimes a question rose in his mind Why did God make that? And in fancy taking the place of God, he searched obstinately, and nearly always he found the reason. It is not he who would have mur mured in a transport of pious humility, O Lord, Thy ways are past finding out! He said to himself, I am the servant of God I ought to know the reason of what He does, or to divine it if I do not. Everything in nature seemed to him created with an absolute and admirable logic. The wherefore and the because were always balanced. The dawns were made to render glad your waking, the days to ripen the harvests, the rains to water them, the evenings to prepare for sleeping, and the nights dark for sleep. The four seasons corresponded perfectly to all the needs of agriculture; and to him the suspicion could never have come that nature has no intentions and that all which lives has bent itself, on the contrary, to'the hard conditions of different-periods, of climates, and of matter. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.