Yet in the very pang of the effort I felt it vain to try sternness, and I heard myself the next instant so gentle as to be almost grotesque. This, it seemed, was the only love and that the only hate his soul would harbour. Then, little by little, you will see your way. Dante said: --Nice language for any catholic to use! --Mrs Riordan, I appeal to you, said Mrs Dedalus, to let the matter drop now.