- It was doubtful whether he would have been happy anywhere for he had a discontented nature.
- Discontented people are never popular with their neighbours and Mr. Arnold Dering was no exception to the rule. He was unpopular with his own sort of people, who thought him disagreeable and conceited, and even more unpopular with the villagers.
- He did not enjoy life, nor did he add to the enjoyment of life, so nobody in Ashbridge was particularly sorry when he died.
- Leda was like Arnold who had asked and asked for sympathy but had never accepted it. What could you do with people like that?
As far as I remember, I've not read any of this author's books before, but I'll be requesting the next two books in this trilogy from our inter-library system. I enjoyed the simplicity of this book set in a small village in England by a Scottish-born writer. It was a refreshing read with an insightful view of human nature.
The quotes above described the character of the deceased husband of Caroline, the main character. After reading them, I was inspired to examine my own character for any seeds, roots, or sprouts of discontent.
It's SO true!
"Discontented people are NEVER popular with their neighbours."
What CAN you do with people like that?
Your way of life should be free from the love of money,
and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said,
I will never leave you or abandon you. (Hebrews 13:5)