Washington Irving
from chapter 2
I then went on to explain that I found myself peculiarly unfitted for thesituation offered to me, not merely by my political opinions, but by thevery constitution and habits of my mind. “My whole course of life,” Iobserved, “has been desultory, and I am unfitted for any periodicallyrecurring task, or any stipulated labor of body or mind. I have no commandof my talents, such as they are, and have to watch the varyings of my mindas I would those of a weathercock. Practice and training may bring me moreinto rule; but at present I am as useless for regular service as one of myown country Indians or a Don Cossack. ...go to paragraph
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