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It was just such uniqueness of points of view that startled Ruth. Not only were they new to her, and contrary to her own beliefs, but she always felt in them germs of truth that threatened to unseat or modify her own convictions. Had she been fourteen instead of twenty-four, she might have been changed by them; but she was twenty-four, conservative by nature and upbringing, and already crystallized into the cranny of life where she had been born and formed. It was true, his bizarre judgments troubled her in the moments they were uttered, but she ascribed them to his novelty of type and strangeness of living, and they were soon forgotten. Nevertheless, while she disapproved of them, the strength of their utterance, and the flashing of eyes and earnestness of face that accompanied them, always thrilled her and drew her toward him. She would never have guessed that this man who had come from beyond her horizon, was, in such moments, flashing on beyond her horizon with wider and deeper concepts. Her own limits were the limits of her horizon; but limited minds can recognize limitations only in others. And so she felt that her outlook was very wide indeed, and that where his conflicted with hers marked his limitations; and she dreamed of helping him to see as she saw, of widening his horizon until it was identified with hers. Jack London

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It

was

just

such

uniqueness

of

points

of

view

that

startled

Ruth



Not

only

were

they

new

to

her



and

contrary

to

her

own

beliefs



but

she

always

felt

in

them

germs

of

truth

that

threatened

to

unseat

or

modify

her

own

convictions



Had

she

been

fourteen

instead

of

twenty

four



she

might

have

been

changed

by

them



but

she

was

twenty

four



conservative

by

nature

and

upbringing



and

already

crystallized

into

the

cranny

of

life

where

she

had

been

born

and

formed



It

was

true



his

bizarre

judgments

troubled

her

in

the

moments

they

were

uttered



but

she

ascribed

them

to

his

novelty

of

type

and

strangeness

of

living



and

they

were

soon

forgotten



Nevertheless



while

she

disapproved

of

them



the

strength

of

their

utterance



and

the

flashing

of

eyes

and

earnestness

of

face

that

accompanied

them



always

thrilled

her

and

drew

her

toward

him



She

would

never

have

guessed

that

this

man

who

had

come

from

beyond

her

horizon



was



in

such

moments



flashing

on

beyond

her

horizon

with

wider

and

deeper

concepts



Her

own

limits

were

the

limits

of

her

horizon



but

limited

minds

can

recognize

limitations

only

in

others



And

so

she

felt

that

her

outlook

was

very

wide

indeed



and

that

where

his

conflicted

with

hers

marked

his

limitations



and

she

dreamed

of

helping

him

to

see

as

she

saw



of

widening

his

horizon

until

it

was

identified

with

hers



Jack

London



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