IT is true that you are too much self-absorbed, too keenly perceptive through a touchy fastidiousness, too ready to be wounded ; but you must bear this inward cross as you would bear external crosses. It is much harder than they are. We suffer far more willingly from the unreasonableness of others than from our own. Pride becomes desperate; it is wounded at being wounded, and the double sting is a double evil. There is but one remedy, namely, to turn our imperfections to account in using them to our own shame and humiliation, to un- deceiving ourselves, and to mistrust of self. You ought to thank God for making you feel that the necessary work of winning M - is one of your first duties. Renounce all your own repugnances, so as to enable yourself to teach him how to renounce his sin. You are not mistaken in looking upon me as a sincere and unfailing friend ; but you will raise a hindrance to that grace which should be your one effectual help if you do not give good heed only to seek God in me, only to see His Light as we see the sun's rays reflected through a dusky fragile glass. You will not find peace either in society or in solitude if you seek for indulgence and consolation to your irritated self-love. At such times, the sulky solitude of pride is even worse than society. If you are truthful and lowly, society will neither con- strain nor irritate you, and you will seek solitude for God's Sake only.