The High Calling

The High Calling

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The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon

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1911

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The story, "The High Calling," was written at two different periods, in1909 and 1910, and was read at two different periods, chapter bychapter, to the young people in my church, on successive Sundayevenings. The main purpose of the story is to illustrate the value ofthe average American family training and the final victory of thespiritual ideals over material or physical attractions.

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boy. No man is truly educated who does not have that word at the center of both his heart and his head.

"I inclose a check for a hundred dollars and leave it to your judgment as to its use. I want you to have all that rightfully goes with the college course, and I hope you can get the scholarship if that will mean for you more leisure for all-around development. But I don't think the work you have done so far has hurt you any.

"All send love; your father, "PAUL DOUGLAS."

Esther felt relieved to know Paul had sent Walter some money. She had feared the boy was working too hard.

"Not a bit," said Paul, stoutly. "The boys that work their way through are not hurt by it. Walter is perfectly well and strong. He is able to stand it."

"His tastes are very refined," murmured Esther. "I can understand how he feels about waiting on the table."

"Waiting on the table is a great business," said Paul. "What would happen to the old world if everybody now waiting on tables should refus

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