Edward William Bok (18631930). The Americanization of Edward Bok. 1921.
Phillips Brookss Books and Emersons Mental Mist
NO one who called at Phillips Brookss house was ever told that the master of the house was out when he was in. That was a rule laid down by Doctor Brooks: a maid was not to perjure herself for her masters comfort or convenience. Therefore, when Edward was told that Doctor Brooks was out, he knew he was out. The boy waited, and as he waited he had a chance to look around the library and into the books. The rectors faithful housekeeper said he might when he repeated what Wendell Phillips had told him of the interest that was to be found in her masters books. Edward did not tell her of Mr. Phillipss advice to borrow a couple of books. He reserved that bit of information for the rector of Trinity when he came in, an hour later.
Oh! did he? laughingly said Doctor Brooks. That is nice advice for a man to give a boy. I am surprised at Wendell Phillips. He needs a little talk: a ministerial visit. And have you followed his shameless advice? smilingly asked the huge man as he towered above the boy. No? And to think of the opportunity you had, too. Well, I am glad you had such respect for my dumb friends. For they are my friends,