THE FATHER'S WORK. Uo
THE FATHER'S WORK AND INFLUENCE.
LET us never forget the father is the joint
factor for producing a ndble character in his
son and in his daughter. This statement is finely
illustrated in the case of the parents of Madame
de Stael. Her character is due, not to the train¬
ing of her mother only, nor her father only, but
to the joint action and influence of both. In the
training of this extraordinary woman, the influ¬
ence of the father dominated that of the mother.
I presume that in many cases it will be so ; be¬
cause, in domestic life, as well as in the social cir¬
cle, in civil life and in political spheres, the stronger
character will always dominate the weaker.
Happy are those parents whose influences are
equally felt by their children, up to whom sons
and daughters look with equal love and venera¬
tion. And yet I may be allowed to express the
opinion that, where the father is the most thor¬
oughly educated, has traveled more, seen more
of life, and has also lived much longer than the