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334 FRAGMEN TS OF SCIENCE.

organ‘of vision. Late in life I have heard him say that he
could never have fully understand an experiment until he
had seen it. But he did not confine himself to experiment.
He aspired to be a teacher, and reflected and wrote upon
the method of scientific exposition. “ A lecturer,” he ob-
serves, “ should appear easy and collected, undaunted and
unconcerned: ” still “ his whole behavior should evince
respect for his audience.” These recommendations were
afterward in great part embodied by himself. I doubt
his unconcern, but his fearlessness was often manifested.
It used to rise within him as a wave, which carried both
him and his audience along with it. On rare occasions
also, when he felt himself and his subject hopelessly unin-
telligible, he suddenly evoked a certain recklessness of
thought, and without halting to extricate his bewildered
followers, he would dash alone through the jungle into
which he had unwittingly led them ; thus saving them from
ennui by the exhibition of a vigor which, for the time being,
they could neither share nor comprehend.

In October, 1813, he quitted England with Sir Hum-
phry and Lady Davy. During his absence he kept a
journal, from which cepious and interesting extracts have
been made by Dr. Bence Jones. Davy was considerate,
preferring at times to be his own servant rather than
impose on Faraday duties which he disliked. But Lady
Davy was the reverse. She treated him as an underling;
he chafed under the treatment, and was often on the point
of returning home. They halted at Geneva. De la Rive
the elder had known Davy in 17 99, and by his writings in
the “ Bibliotheque Britannique,” had been the first to make
the English chemist’s labors known abroad. He welcomed
Davy to his country residence in 1814. Both were sports-
men, and they often went out shooting together. On these'
occasions Faraday charged Davy’s gun, while De la Rive
charged his own. Once the Genevese philos0pher found

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