Would it be so great if he were really going to tell me? "Well," he said at last, "just exactly in order that you should do this. Truth is compared in Scripture to a streaming fountain; if her waters flow not in a perpetual progression, they sicken into a muddy pool of conformity and tradition. God, who had long been merciful, would then be just. Wells rubbed himself and said in a crying voice: --Please, sir, let me off! Athy grinned and turned up the sleeves of his jacket, saying: It can't be helped; It must be done.