Excerpt from Peter Faber's Misfortunes: And Other Sketches Still, however, this is a world of' -violent contrasts, and of painful? Incongruities. Someof us may laug'h but while we laugh, let us be assured of it} that there are others who aro Weeping. It is pleasant all. Aboutryou here, within your brief horizon, .but the distance. May be short to scenes most sadly different. Smiles are on your brow, as you jostle through the street, yet your' elbow touches him whose heart is torn with grief. Is there a merry-making in your family - are friends in congregation there with-mirth, and dance, and song? How strange to think' that it is-scarce a step to the couch of suffering or the chamber of despair. The air is tremulous, perchance, with sighsand groans; and though our joyous strains overwhelm all sorrow's breathing's, yet the sorrow still exists even when we hear it not. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.