Will Levington Comfort writes of the education and development of the child. When he wearied of life in the city he found a quiet spot on Lake Erie, made a home there, and began educating his own children and other people's children in his study. It is a book of great inspiration and one that gives solace and strength. The novelist envisions the rising generation with the passion of a master builder, who is sure that the plastic material of our American youth will be shaped into prophets and seers and sages, unto men and women who shall heal the nations.
the East shore and also of the West shore, the town between.... Somehow we always turn to the East in our best moments and it was so this day.... We were directed to the house of a man who owned two little cottages just a mile from town. He was not well that day, but his boy went with us to show the cottages. That boy you shall be glad to know.
We walked together down the long lane, and I did not seem able to reach our guide's heart, so we were silent, but Penelope came between us. He would have been strange, indeed, had she failed.... I look back now from where I sit--to that long lane. I love it very much for it led to the very edge of a willowed bluff--to the end of the land. Erie brimmed before us. It led to a new life, too.
I had always disliked Erie--as one who lived in the Lake Country and chose his own. I approved mildly of St. Claire; Michigan awed me from a little boy's summer; Huron was familiar from another summer, but Erie heretofore had meant only something to be crossed--somethin