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to him.   Banks is grown uglier � more like Blandois, the
rascally foreigner in Little Dorrit � than he used to be.  The
upper portion of his face seems swollen over the cheek bones, his
complexion is unwholesome, his eyes look at once melancholy, con-
ceited and truculent.    He began to talk about Waud, promising
a drawing in Ballou�s paper in his usual inflated style.  It
was not by Waud, but I didn�t tell him so.           Met Bellew
further on.   He�s the truest gentleman I know in New York.
  Drawing, reading, idling.  Phonography at night.
  21.  Sunday.  Drew a little.  Phonography.  To Chapin�s at
night.  It is good for me to hear him.  If I can keep the resolution
I will go there regularly.  I generally leave with that wish and in-
tention, but having got out of the way of church-going, I allow
it to drift into non-performance.  Let me put down, frag-
mentally, what I carried away to night.  The text was, ac-
cording to Chapin�s wont, from the words of Christ: �He maketh
the rain to fall upon the just and the unjust, the evil and the
good.�  The sermon dwelt on the catholicity of God�s love, and 
of our power of imitating him.   This, Chapin said, was Christ�s
ideal.   No barren goodness springing from a honesty-the-best-
policy-religion, no eye-for-eye, tooth-for-tooth code of morals
but a love for the evil-doer, a love for goodness for it�s own
sake, even if it prove not the best policy � as it often does in
this world.  For a man�s life may be, outwardly, the greatest
success, yet truly, the saddest of failures; and vice versa.
Christ�s code of morality looked behind actions, at motives. �Be
ye good, as God, also, is good.�   Writers have troubled them-
selves to define Man � Chapin inclined to do so as a being
who had to idea of perfection.    All creeds which based               
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