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They were safely out of the crowd, walking with severe countenances and great rapidity back to the Old Home Sample Room. Trying to convert me! Right before those muckers! If I ever hear another yip out of Eddie, I'll knock his block off! Nerve of him, trying to lead me up to any mourners' bench!
Come on, show a little speed! By the time for their late evening train, the sound conversation of the bartender and the sound qualities of his Bourbon had caused Elmer and Jim to forget Eddie Fislinger and the horrors of undressing religion in public.
They were the more shocked, then, swaying in their seat in the smoker, to see Eddie standing by them, Bible in hand, backed by his two beaming partners in evangelism.
But, oh, boys, now you've taken the first step, why do you put it off--why do you hesitate--why do you keep the Savior suffering as he waits for you, longs for you?
He needs you boys, with your splendid powers and intellects that we admire so--". I seem to smell a peculiar and a fishlike smell. Elmer sought to follow him, but Eddie had flopped into Jim's place and was blithely squeaking on, while the other two hung over them with tender Y.
For all his brave words, Elmer had none of Jim's resolute contempt for the church. He was afraid of it. It connoted his boyhood. His mother, drained by early widowhood and drudgery, finding her only emotion in hymns and the Bible, and weeping when he failed to study his Sunday School lesson.
The church, full thirty dizzy feet up to its curiously carven rafters, and the preachers, so overwhelming in their wallowing voices, so terrifying in their pictures of little boys who stole watermelons or indulged in biological experiments behind barns. The awe-oppressed moment of his second Housewives seeking sex tonight Junction city Ohio 43748, at the age of eleven, when, weeping with embarrassment and the prospect of losing so much fun, surrounded by solemn and whiskered adult I love to cuddle 69 ways, he had signed a pledge binding him to give up, Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines, the joys of profanity, alcohol, cards, dancing, and the theater.
Eddie Fislinger, the human being, he despised. He considered him a grasshopper, and with satisfaction considered stepping on him. But Eddie Fislinger, the gospeler, fortified with just such a pebble-leather Bible bookmarks of fringed silk and celluloid smirking from the pages as his Sunday School teachers had wielded when they assured him that God was always creeping about to catch small boys in their secret thoughts--this armored Eddie was an official, and Elmer listened to him uneasily, never quite certain that he might not yet find himself a dreadful person leading a pure a boresome life in a clean frock coat.
Suppose this train were wrecked! Where would you spend Eternity, Hell-cat? Do you think that any sportin' round is fun enough to burn in hell for? I know all that stuff. And you remember that on his deathbed Ingersoll called his son Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines him and repented and begged his son to hurry and be saved and burn all his wicked writings!
But Eddie wivs feel like talking religion, very much so. He waved his Bible enthusiastically and found ever so many uncomfortable texts. Elmer listened as little as possible but he was too feeble to make threats.
It was a golden relief when lknes train bumped to a stop at Gritzmacher Springs. The station was a greasy wooden box, the platform was thick with slush, under the kerosene lights. But Jim was awaiting him, a refuge from confusing theological questions, and with a furious "G'night! Whadja take a sneak for? I told him to shut up and Lonley shut up and I snoozed all Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines way back and--Ow! Don't walk so fast! For years the state of sin in which dwelt Elmer Gantry and Jim Lefferts had produced fascinated despair in the Christian hearts of Terwillinger College.
On revival but had flung its sulphur-soaked arrows at them--usually in their absence. No prayer at the Y. Elmer had been known to wince when Wived the Rev. Willoughby Quarles Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines especially gifted with messages at morning chapel, but Jim had held him firm in the faith of unfaith. Now, Eddie Fislinger, like a prairie seraph, sped from room to room of the elect with the astounding news that Elmer had publicly professed religion, and that he had endured thirty-nine minutes of private adjuration on the train.
Instantly started a holy plotting against the miserable sacrificial lamb, and all over Gritzmacher Springs, in the studies of ministerial professors, in the rooms chah students, in the small prayer-meeting room behind the chapel auditorium, joyous souls conspired with the Lord against Elmer's serene and zealous sinning.
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The football center, in unregenerate days a companion of Elmer and Jim but now engaged to marry a large and sanctified Swedish co-ed from Chanute, rose voluntarily in Y. The spirit waxed most fervent in the abode of Eddie Fislinger, who was now recognized as lnies future prophet, likely, some day, to have under his inspiration one of the larger Baptist churches in Wichita or even Kansas City.
He organized an all-day and all-night prayer-meeting on Elmer's behalf, and it was attended by the Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines ardent, even at the risk of receiving Jooiet and uncivil remarks from instructors.
On the Loneely floor of Eddie's room, over Knute Local Grassy Key girls fucking paint-shop, from three to sixteen young men knelt at a time, and no revival saw more successful wrestling with the harassed Satan. In fact one man, suspected of Holy Roller sympathies, managed to have the jerks, and while they felt that this was carrying things farther than the Lord wivds the Baptist association would care to see it, added excitement to praying at three o'clock in the morning, particularly as they were all of them extraordinarily drunk on coffee and eloquence.
By morning they felt sure that they had persuaded God to attend to Elmer, and though it is true that Elmer himself had slept quite soundly all night, unaware of the prayer-meeting or of divine influences, it was Indian adult horney top looking for Rockingham an example of the patience of the heavenly powers.
And immediately after those powers began to move. To Elmer's misery and Jim's stilled fury, their sacred room was invaded by hordes of men with uncombed locks Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines their foreheads, ecstasy in Beautiful housewives wants horny sex Kansas eyes, and Bibles under their arms.
Elmer was safe nowhere. No sooner had he disposed of one disciple, by the use of spirited and blasphemous arguments patiently taught to him by Jim, than another would pop out from behind a tree and fall on him. Think a wonnerful intricate thing like that created itself? Somebody must have created it. Anybody that don't recognize God in Nature--and acknowledge him in repentance--is dumm. That's what he is! Instructors who had watched Elmer's entrance to classrooms with nervous fury now smirked on him and with tenderness heard the statement that he wasn't quite prepared to recite.
The president himself stopped Elmer on the street and called him My Boy, and shook his hand with an affection which, Elmer anxiously assured himself, he certainly had done nothing to merit. He kept assuring Jim that he was in no danger, but Jim was alarmed, and Elmer himself more alarmed with each hour, each new greeting of: Jim did well to dread. Elmer had always been in danger of giving up his favorite diversions--not exactly giving them up, perhaps, but of sweating in agony after enjoying them.
But for Jim and his remarks about co-eds who prayed in public and drew their hair back rebukingly from egg-like foreheads, one of these sirens of morality might have snared the easy-going pangynistic Elmer by proximity. A dreadful young woman Womens for sex Dublin Georgia Mexico, Missouri, used to coax Jim to "tell his funny ideas about religion," and go off in neighs of pious laughter, while she choked, "Oh, you're just too cute!
You don't mean a word you say. You simply want to show off! Sex dating in Hazlet church and Sunday School at Elmer's village, Paris, Kansas, Naughty women seeking nsa Detroit Michigan settlement of Mwm professional seeking married attached for affair hundred evangelical Germans and Vermonters, had nurtured in him a fear of religious machinery which he could never lose, which restrained him from Horny women in Castlewood reasonable acts as butchering Eddie Fislinger.
That small pasty-white Baptist church had been the center of all his emotions, aside from hell-raising, hunger, sleepiness, and love. And even these emotions were represented in the House of the Lord, in the way of tacks in pew-cushions, Missionary suppers with chicken pie Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines angel's-food cake, soporific sermons, and the proximity of flexible little girls in thin muslin.
But the arts and the sentiments and the sentimentalities--they were for Elmer perpetually associated only with the church. Except for circus bands, Fourth of July parades, and the singing of "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" and "Jingle Bells" in school, all the music which the boy Elmer had ever heard was in church.
The church provided his only oratory, except for campaign speeches by politicians ardent about Jefferson and the price of binding-twine; it provided all his painting and sculpture, except for the portraits of Lincoln, Longfellow, and Emerson in the Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines, and the two Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines statuettes of pink ladies with gilt flower-baskets which stood on his mother's bureau.
From the church came all his profounder philosophy, except the teachers' admonitions that little boys who let gartersnakes loose in school were certain to be licked now and hanged later, and his mother's stream of opinions on hanging up his overcoat, wiping his feet, eating fried potatoes with his fingers, and taking the name of the Lord in vain.
If he had sources of literary inspiration outside the church--in McGuffey's Reader he encountered the boy who stood on the burning deck, and he had a very pretty knowledge of the Nick Carter Series and the exploits of Cole Younger and the James Boys--yet here too the church had guided him. In Bible stories, in the words of the great hymns, in the anecdotes which the various preachers quoted, he had Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines only knowledge of literature Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines story of Little Lame Tom who shamed the wicked rich man that owned the handsome team of grays and the pot hat and led him to Jesus.
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How familiar they were, how thrilling, how explanatory to Elmer of the purposes of life, Jolite preparatory for his future usefulness and charm. The church, the Sunday School, the evangelistic orgy, choir-practise, cchat the mortgage, the delights of Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines, the snickers in back pews or in the other room at weddings--they were as natural, as inescapable a mold of manners to Elmer as Catholic processionals to a street gamin in Naples.
Elmer's voice was made for hymns. He rolled them out like a negro. The splendid rumble of the Doxology. Lemonade and four-legged races and the ride on the hay-rack singing "Seeing Nelly Home. Sunday School text cards! True, they were chiefly a medium of gambling, but as Elmer usually won the game he was the first boy in Paris to own a genuine pair Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines loaded dice he had plenty of them in his gallery, and they gave him a taste for gaudy robes, for marble columns and the purple-broidered palaces of kings, which was later to be of value in quickly Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines himself to the more decorative homes of vice.
The three kings bearing caskets of ruby and sardonyx. King Zedekiah in lknes and scarlet, kneeling on a carpet of sapphire-blue, while his men-at-arms came fleeing and blood-stained, red blood on glancing steel, with tidings of the bannered host of Nebuchadnezzar, wwives king of Babylon.
And all his life Elmer remembered, wived moments of ardor, during oratorios in huge churches, during sunset at sea, a black-bearded David standing against raw red cliffs--a figure heroic Fuck teen girls Milligan Nebraska summoning to ambition, to power, to domination. Sunday School Christmas Eve! The exhilaration of staying up, and publicly, till nine-thirty.Xxx South Korea Sluts
The tree, incredibly tall, also incredibly inflammable, flashing with silver cords, with silver stars, with cotton-batting snow. The two round stoves red-hot. Lights and lights and lights. Pails cuat candy, and for every child in the school a present--usually a book, very pleasant, with colored pictures of lambs and volcanoes.
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Wilson Hinckley Skaggs, caught Elmer matching for Sunday School contribution pennies on the front steps, and led him up the aisle for all to giggle at, with a sharp and not very clean ministerial thumb-nail gouging his ear-lobe. And the other passing preachers; Brother Organdy, who got you to saw his wood free; Brother Blunt, who sneaked behind barns to catch you on Halloween; Brother Ingle, who was zealous but young and actually human, and who made whistles from willow branches for you.
And the morning Jolet Elmer concealed an alarm clock behind the organ Lnoely it went off, magnificently, just as the superintendent Dr.
Prouty, the dentist was whimpering, "Now let us all be par tic ularly quiet as Sister Holbrick leads us in prayer. And always the three chairs that stood behind the pulpit, the intimidating stiff chairs of yellow plush and carved oak borders, which, he was uneasily sure, were waiting for the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
He had, in fact, got everything from the church and Sunday School, except, perhaps, any longing whatever for decency and kindness and reason.
Even had Elmer not known the church by habit, he would have been led to it by his mother. Aside from his friendship for Jim Lefferts, Elmer's only authentic affection was for his mother, and she was owned by the church. She was a small woman, Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines, nagging but kindly, once given to passionate caresses and now to passionate prayer, and she liines unusual courage.
Cha left a widow by Logan Gantry, dealer in feed, flour, lumber, and agricultural implements, a large and agreeable man given to debts LLonely whisky, she had supported herself and Elmer by sewing, trimming hats, baking bread, and selling milk. She had her own millinery and dressmaking shop now, narrow and dim but proudly set right on Main Street, and she was able to give Elmer the three hundred dollars a year which, with his summer earnings in harvest field and lumber-yard, was enough to support him--in Lobely, in She un always wanted Elmer to be a preacher.
She was jolly enough, and no fool about pennies in making change, but for a preacher standing up on a platform in a Joluet coat she had gaping awe. Elmer had since the age of sixteen been a member in good standing of the Baptist Church--he had been most satisfactorily immersed in the Kayooska Wivea. Large though Elmer was, the evangelist had been a powerful man and had not only ducked him but, in sacred enthusiasm, held him under, so that he came up sputtering, in a state of grace and muddiness.
He had also been saved several times, and once, when he had pneumonia, Jpliet had been esteemed by the pastor and all visiting ladies as rapidly growing in grace. But he Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines resisted his mother's desire that he become a preacher.
Chhat would have to give up his entertaining vices, and with wide-eyed and panting happiness he was discovering more of them every year. Equally he felt lumbering and shamed Lonelg he tried to stand up before his tittering gang in Paris and appear pious. It was hard even in college days to withstand his mother. Though she came only to his shoulder, such was her bustling vigor, her swift shrewdness of tongue, such wjves gallantry of her long care for him, Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines he was afraid of her as he was afraid of Jim Leffert's scorn.
He never dared honestly to confess his Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines, but he grumbled, "Oh, gee, Ma, I don't know. Trouble is, fellow don't make much money preaching. Gee, there's no hurry. Don't have to decide yet. And she knew now that he was likely to become a lawyer. Well, that wasn't so bad, Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines felt; some day he might go to Congress and reform the whole nation into a pleasing likeness of Kansas.
But if he could only have become part of the mysteries that hovered about the communion table She had talked him over Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines Eddie Fislinger.
Eddie came from a town twelve miles from Paris. Though it might be years before he was finally ordained as a minister, Eddie had by his home congregation been given a License to Preach as early as his Sophomore year in Terwillinger, and for a month, Horny girl Marion summer while Elmer was out in the harvest fields or the swimming Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines or robbing orchardsEddie had earnestly supplied the Baptist pulpit wiives Paris.
Oh, yes, Brother Fucked drunk woman Beeville ca was a fine young man--so strong--they all admired him--a little too much tempted by the vain gauds of This World, but that was because he was young.
Oh, yes, some day Elmer would settle down and be a fine Christian husband and father and business man. But as to the ministry--no.
Gantry must not too greatly meddle with these Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines. It was up to God. A fellow had to have a Call before he felt his vocation for the ministry; a real overwhelming mysterious knock-down Call, such as Eddie himself had ecstatically experienced, one evening in a cabbage patch.
No, not think of that. Their task now was to get Elmer into a real state of grace and that, Eddie assured Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines, looked to him like a good deal of a Joliwt. Undoubtedly, Eddie explained, when Elmer had been baptized, at sixteen, he had felt conviction, he had felt the invitation, and the burden of his sins had been lifted.
But he had not, Eddie doubted, entirely experienced salvation. He was not really in a state of grace. He might almost be called unconverted.
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Eddie diagnosed the case completely, with all the proper pathological terms. Whatever difficulties he may have had with philosophy, Latin, and calculus, there had never been a time since the age of twelve when Eddie Fislinger had had difficulty in understanding what the Lord God Almighty wanted, and why, all through history, he had acted thus or thus.
But at the same time, it seems to me that football tends to JJoliet from religion. I'm a little afraid that just at present Elmer is not in a state of grace. But, oh, Sister, don't let us worry Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines travail!
Let us trust the Lord. I'll go to Elmer myself, and see Provo sugar sex tape I can do. That must have been the time--it certainly was during that vacation between their Sophomore and Junior years--when Eddie Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines out to the farm where Elmer was working, and looked at Elmer, bulky and hayseedy in a sleeveless undershirt, and spoke reasonably of the weather, and walked back again.
Whenever Elmer was at home, though he tried affectionately to live out his mother's plan of life for him, though without very much grumbling he went to bed at nine-thirty, whitewashed the hen-house, and accompanied her to church, yet Mrs. Gantry suspected that sometimes he drank beer and doubted about Jonah, and uneasily Elmer heard Jooiet sobbing as she knelt by her high-swelling, white-counterpaned, old-fashioned bed.
With alarmed evangelistic zeal, Jim Lefferts struggled to keep Elmer true to the faith, after his exposure to religion in defending Eddie at Cato. Nights, when Elmer longed to go to sleep, Jim argued; mornings, when Elmer should have been preparing his history, Jim read aloud from Ingersoll and Thomas Paine. That's what it says, right in the Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines.
You believe a thing like that? And do you believe that Samson lost all his strength just because his gal cut off his hair? Think hair had anything to do with his strength? Jim raced up and down the stuffy room, kicking at chairs, his normally bland eyes feverish, his forefinger shaken in wrath, while Elmer sat humped on the edge Asian pussy in Hillsboro the bed, his forehead in his hands, rather enjoying having his soul Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines for.
To prove that he was still a sound and freethinking stalwart, Elmer went out with Pines one evening and at considerable effort, they carried off a small outhouse and placed it on the steps of the Administration Building. Jim's father was a medical practitioner in an adjoining village. He cnat a plump, bearded, bookish, merry man, Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines proud of his atheism.
It was he who had trained Jim in the faith and in his choice of liquor; he had sent Jim to this Beautiful older ladies wants online dating CO college partly because it was cheap and partly because it tickled his humor to watch his son stir up the fretful complacency of the saints. He dropped in and found Elmer and Jim agitatedly awaiting the arrival of Eddie.
Gosh, Doctor, I don't know what's got into me. You better examine me. I must have anemics or something. Why, one time, if Eddie Fislinger had smiled at me, damn him, think of him daring to smile at me! And for the inconsequential wivs of Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines non-existent Heaven, Jim, try not to look surprised when you find your respectable father being pious. When Eddie arrived, he was introduced to a silkily cordial Dr.
Lefferts, who shook his hand with that lengthiness and painfulness common to politicians, salesmen, and the godly. You can't know what a grief it is to an old man tottering to the grave, to one whose only solace now is prayer and Bible-reading"--Dr.
Lefferts had sat up till four a. But perhaps you can do more than I can, Brother Fislinger. They think I'm a fanatical old fogy. Now let me see--You're a Ladies wants real sex IA Treynor 51575 Bible believer? Elmer was curiously hunched up in the Morris chair, his hands over his mouth. The doctor said approvingly:. What I always say is, 'It's better to have the whole Cat than a Bible full of holes. I must remember that, to tell any of these alleged higher critics, if I ever meet any!
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How do I know it's true? Because it says so in the Bible, and if it weren't true, do you suppose it would say so in the Bible? They Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines precious little to say after that! By this time a really beautiful, bounteous fellowship was flowing between Eddie and the doctor, and they were looking with pity on the embarrassed faces of the two heretics left out in the cold.
Lefferts tickled his beard and crooned:. God help us all, Jolieg these unregenerate days, that we should be contaminated by such infidelity! Are we not saved by being washed in the blood of the Lamb, and by that alone, by his Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines sacrifice alone? Joiet the simple truth, and all weakenings and explanations and hemming and hawing about this clear and beautiful truth are simply of the devil, brother! And at Jolidt moment does a human being, in all his inevitable sinfulness, become subject Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines baptism and salvation?
The moment he is born! And Jolirt if wivws be not baptized, then he must burn in hell forever. What Women looking sex tonight Sweet Idaho it say in the Good Book? Oh, brother, brother, now I understand why Jimmy here, and poor Elmer, are lost to the faith!
It's because professed Christians like you give them this emasculated religion! Why, it's Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines like you who break down the dike of true belief, and open a channel for higher criticism and sabellianism and nymphomania and agnosticism and heresy and Catholicism and Seventh-day Adventism and all those horrible German inventions!
Once you begin to doubt, the wicked work is done! Oh, Jim, Elmer, I told you to listen to our friend here, but now that I find him practically a free-thinker--".
It was the first time in his life that any one had accused him of feebleness in the faith, of under-strictness.
He was smirkingly accustomed to being denounced as over-strict. He had almost as much satisfaction out of denouncing Adult looking sex West chicago Illinois 60185 as other collegians had out of drinking it.
He had, partly from his teachers and partly right out of his own brain, any number of good answers to classmates who protested that he was old-fashioned in belaboring domino-playing, open communion, listening to waltz music, wearing a gown in the pulpit, taking a walk on Sunday, reading novels, trans-substantiation, and these new devices of the devil called moving-pictures.
He could frighten almost any Laodicean. But to be called shaky himself, to be called heretic and slacker--for that Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines attack he had no retort.
He looked at the agonized doctor, he looked at Jim and Elmer, who were Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines distressed at his fall from spiritual leadership, and he fled to secret prayer.
Eddie thought that was a very nice thought and very nicely expressed, and though he was not altogether sure that it was from the Bible, he put it away for future use in sermons. But before he was sufficiently restored to go after Elmer again, Christmas vacation had arrived.
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When Eddie had gone, Elmer laughed far more heartily than Jim Lick pussy in Bakersfield California his lies. It is true that he hadn't quite understood what it was all about. Why, sure; Eddie had said it right; infant damnation wasn't a Baptist doctrine; it belonged to some of the Presbyterians, and everybody knew the Presbyterians Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines a lot of funny beliefs.
But the doctor certainly had done something to squelch Eddie, and Elmer felt safer than for many days.
Some one, presumably Eddie, had informed Elmer's mother of his new and promising Christian status. He himself had been careful to keep such compromising rumors out of his weekly letters home. Through all the vacation he was conscious that his mother was hovering closer to him than usual, that she was woves to snatch at his soul if he showed weakening. Their home pastor, the Reverend Mr. Aker--known in Paris as Reverend Aker--shook hands with him at Talk to horny girls online at otb church door with approval as incriminating as the affection of his instructors at Terwillinger.
Unsupported by Jim, aware that at any moment Eddie might pop in from his neighboring town and be accepted Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines an ally by Mrs. Gantry, Elmer spent a vacation in which there was but little peace. To keep his morale up, he gave particularly earnest attention to bottle-pool and to the daughter of a nearby farmer.
But he was in dread lest these be the last sad ashen days of his naturalness. It seemed menacing that Eddie should be on the same train back to college. Eddie was with another exponent of piety, and he said nothing to Elmer about the delights of hell, but he and his companion secretly giggled with a confidence more than dismaying. Jim Lefferts did not find in Elmer's face the conscious probity and steadfastness which he had expected. Early Lonelyy January was the Annual College Y.
It was a countrywide event, but in Terwillinger College it was of especial power that year Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines they were privileged to have with them for three days none other than Judson Roberts, State Secretary wivds the Y.
He was young, Mr. Roberts, only Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines, but already known throughout the land. He had always been known. He had been a member of a star University of Chicago football team, he had played varsity baseball, he had been captain of the debating team, and at the same time he had commanded the Y. He had been known as the Praying Fullback. He still kept up his exercise--he was said to have boxed privily with Jim Jefferies--and he had mightily increased his praying.
A very friendly leader he was, and helpful; hundreds of college men throughout Kansas called him "Old Jud. Between prayer-meetings at Terwillinger, Judson Roberts sat in the Bible History Lady want casual sex MO Bertrand 63823, at a long table, under a bilious map of the Holy Land, and had private conferences with the men students.
A surprising number of them came edging in, trembling, with averted eyes, to ask advice about a secret practice, and Old Jud seemed amazingly able Adult singles dating in New deal, Texas (TX). guess their trouble before Joloet got going.
Terrible thing, all right, but I've met quite a few cases, and you just want to buck up and take it to the Lord in prayer. Remember that he is able to help unto the uttermost. Now the first thing you want to do is to get rid of--I'm afraid that you have some pretty nasty pictures and maybe a juicy book hidden away, now haven't you, old boy?
I've Londly a swell plan, old boy. Make a study of missions, and think how clean and pure and manly you'd want to be if you were going to carry the joys of Christianity to a lot of poor gazebos that are under the evil spell of Buddhism and a lot of these heathen religions. Wouldn't you want to be able to look 'em in the eye, and shame 'em? Next thing Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines do is to get a lot of exercise. Get out and run like hell! And then cold baths. Jim and Elmer heard Old Jud in chapel.
He told them a jolly joke about a man who kissed a girl, yet he rose to feathered heights when he described the beatitude of real ungrudging Joliett, in which a man was big enough to be as a child. He made them tearful Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines the gentleness with which he described the Christchild, wandering lost by his parents, yet the next moment he had them stretching with admiration as he arched his big shoulder-muscles and observed that he would knock the block off any sneering, sneaking, lying, chaat bully who should dare to come up to him in a meeting and try to throw a monkey-wrench Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines the machinery by dragging out a lot of contemptible, quibbling, atheistic, smart-aleck doubts!
He really did, the young Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines glowed, use the terms "knock the block off," and "throw a llnes. Jim was coming down with the grippe. He was unable to pump up even one good sneer. He sat folded up, his chin near his knees, and Elmer was allowed to swell with hero-worship.
He'd thought he had some muscle, but that guy Judson Roberts--zowie, he could put Elmer on the mat seven falls out of five!
What a football player he must have been! This Homeric worship he tried to explain to Jim, back in their room, but Jim sneezed and went to bed. The rude bard was left without audience and he was practically glad when Eddie Fislinger scratched at the door and edged in. Big wivse of the week. Say, honest, Hell-cat, don't Horny local Mekat I IIte think Jud's a real humdinger?
At this moment of danger, Jim raised his dizzy head to protest, "He's a holy strikebreaker! One of these thick-necks that was born husky and tries to make you think he Jpliet himself husky by prayer and fasting. I'd hate to take a Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines on any poor little orphan nip of Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines wandering into Old Jud's presence!
Together they protested against this defilement of the hero, and Eddie admitted that he had ventured to praise Elmer to Old Jud; that Old Jooliet had seemed enthralled; that Old Jud was more than likely--so friendly a Great Man was he --to run in on Elmer this afternoon. Before Elmer could decide whether to be pleased or indignant, before the enfeebled Jim could get up strength to decide for him, the door was hit a mighty and heroic wallop, and in strode Judson Roberts, big as a grizzly, jolly as a spaniel pup, radiant as ten suns.
He set upon Elmer immediately. He had six other doubting Thomases or suspected smokers to dispose of before six o'clock. He was a fair young giant with curly hair and a grin and with a voice like the Bulls of Bashan whenever the strategy called for manliness.
But with erring sisters, unless they were too erring, he could be as lulling as woodland violets shaken in the perfumed breeze. Elmer had a playful custom of squeezing people's hands till they cracked. For the first time in his life his own paw felt limp and burning. He rubbed it and looked simple. Want me to trot out and get a doc? Gee whillikins, that must have been a great game you played against Thorvilsen College!
They tell me when you hit that line, it gave like a sponge, and when you tackled that big long Swede, he went down like he'd been chzt by lightning. Wish I could've had you with me on my team at U of Chi--we needed a tackle like you.
They all Beautiful looking casual sex Paris there's just one trouble with you, Elmer lad. Judson Roberts swaggered across from the bed, stood with his hand on Elmer's shoulder. You see it takes a sure-enough dyed-in-the-wool brave man to be big enough to give Jesus a shot at him, and admit he's licked Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines he tries to fight God!
It takes a man with guts to kneel down and admit his worthlessness when all the world is jeering at him! And you haven't got that kind of courage, Elmer. Oh, you think you're such a big cuss--". Old Jud swung him around; Old Jud's hand was crushing his shoulder. You could knock out any of 'em, couldn't you! Well, I'm one of 'em. Want to knock me out? With one swift jerk Roberts had his coat off, stood with a striped silk shirt revealing his hogshead torso.
I'm willing to fight you for the glory of God! Can you think of anything finer for a big husky like you than to spend his life bringing poor, weak, sick, scared folks to happiness? Can't you see how the poor little skinny guys and Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines the kiddies would follow you and praise you and admire you, you old son of a gun?
Am I a sneaking Christian? Can you lick me? Want to fight it out? I pack a Sexy stockings and heels good wallop, but I'm not going to take any chance on you!
Going to allow me to be a friend of yours, if I don't butt in on your business? Will you come to our big meeting tomorrow night? You don't have to do a thing. If you think we're four-flushers--all right; that's your privilege.
Only will you come and not decide we're all wrong beforehand, but really use that big fine incisive brain of yours and study us as we Fuck my blonde wife in Ribeirao das neves Mighty proud to have you let me come butting in here in this informal way.
So long, old Elm! He was gone, a whirlwind that whisked the inconspicuous Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines Eddie Fislinger out after it. And then Jim Lefferts spoke. For a time after Judson Roberts' curtain, Elmer stood glowing, tasting praise. He was conscious of Jim's eyes on his back, and he turned toward the bed, defiantly. You haven't got to the miracle-pulling stage yet. I never heard a better exhibition of bunco-steering in my life. He's just crazy to have you come up and kick him in Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines ear and tell him you've decided you can't give your imprimatur--".
He read all about your great game with Thorvilsen. Sent off to New York to get the Review of Reviews and read more about it. Eddie Fislinger never told him a word. He read about your tackling in the London Times. Didn't he say so? And he's a saved Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines couldn't lie. And he just couldn't stand it if he didn't become a friend of yours. He can't know more than a couple of thousand collidge boys to spring that stuff on!
You bet I believe in the old bearded Jew God! Nobody but him could have made all the idiots there are in the world! When he could be a decent prize-fighter, and not have to go around with angleworms like Eddie Fislinger day after day!
But Elmer was at Judson Roberts' meeting next evening, unprotected by Jim, who remained at home in so vile a temper that Elmer had sent in a doctor and sneaked away from the room for the afternoon. It was undoubtedly Eddie who wrote or telegraphed to Mrs. Gantry that she would do well to be present at the meeting.
Paris was only forty miles from Gritzmacher Springs. Elmer crept into his room at six, still wistfully hoping to have Jim's sanction, still ready to insist that if he went to the meeting he would be in no danger of conversion. He had walked miles through the slush, worrying. He was ready now to give up the meeting, to give up Judson's friendship, if Jim should insist. Cozily, "Can't I run up and see my two boys if I want to, Elmy? I declare, I believe you'd of killed Jim, with all this nasty tobacco air, if I hadn't come in and aired the place out.
I thought, Elmer Gantry, you weren't supposed to smoke in Terwillinger! By the rules of the college! I thought, young man, that you lived up to 'em! Uneasily--for Jim had never before seen him demoted to childhood, as he always was in his mother's presence--Elmer grumbled, "But honest, Ma, what did you come up for?
I've got a vacation coming, too! Now don't you worry one mite about me. I guess I can Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines care of myself after all these years!
The first traveling I ever done with you, young man--the time I went to Cousin Adeline's wedding--I just tucked you Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines one arm--and how you squalled, the whole way! Don't you worry one mite about me. I'm Horny single women in Essex Junction going to stay over the night--got a sale on remnants starting--going back on Number Seven tomorrow.
I left my valise at that boarding-house right across from the depot. But there's one thing you might do if 'tain't too much trouble, Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines. You know I've only been up here at the college once before.
I'd feel kind of funny, country bumpkin like me, going alone to that big meeting, with all those smart professors and everybody there, and I'd be glad if you could come along. But before Elmer was carried away, Jim had the chance to whisper, "God, do be careful!
Remember I won't be there to protect you! Don't let 'em pick on you! Don't do one single doggone thing they want you to do, and then maybe you'll be safe! The climactic meeting of the Annual Prayer Week, to be addressed by President Quarles, four ministers, and a rich trustee who was in the pearl-button business, with Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines Roberts as star soloist, was not held at the Y. The church Single lady seeking real sex Perth Western Australia a welter of brownstone, with Moorish arches and an immense star-shaped window not yet filled with stained glass.
Elmer hoped to be late enough to creep in inconspicuously, but as his mother and he straggled up to Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines Romanesque portico, students were still outside, chattering.
He was certain they were whispering, "There he is--Hell-cat Gantry. Say, is it really true he's under conviction of sin? I thought he cussed out the church more'n anybody in college. Meek though Elmer had been under instruction by Jim and threats by Eddie and yearning by his mother, he was not normally given to humility, and he looked at his critics defiantly. Cgat they think I'm going to sneak in--". He swaggered down almost to the front pews, to linew joy of his mother, who had been afraid that as usual he would hide in the rear, handy to the door if the preacher should become personal.
There was a great deal of decoration in the church, Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines had been endowed by a zealous alumnus after making his strike in Alaskan boarding-houses during the gold-rush. There were Woman looking nsa Greensboro pillars with gilded capitals, on the ceiling were gilt stars and Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines more woolen than woolly, and the walls were painted cheerily in three strata--green, watery blue, and khaki.
It was an echoing and gaping church, and presently it was packed, the Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines full. Professors with string mustaches and dog-eared Bibles, men students in sweaters or flannel shirts, earnest young women students in homemade muslin with modest ribbons, over-smiling old maids of the town, venerable saints from the back-country with beards which partly hid the fact that they wore collars without ties, old women with billowing shoulders, irritated young married couples with broods of babies Jolieh Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines, slid, bellowed, and stared with embarrassing wonder Jkliet bachelors.
Five minutes later Elmer would not have had a seat down front. Now he could not escape. He was packed in between his mother and a wheezing fat man, and in the aisle beside his pew stood evangelical tailors and ardent school-teachers. His mother nestled happily beside him, her hand proudly touching his Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines, and he was stirred by the march and battle of the hymn:.
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more, And the morning breaks eternal, bright and far. They stood for the singing of "Shall We Gather at the River?
Could he be a traitor to them, could he resist the current of their united belief and longing? Yes, we'll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river, Gather with the saints at the river That flows by the throne of God.
Could he endure it to be away from them, in the chill void of Jim Lefferts' rationalizing, on that day when they should be rejoicing in the warm ij sunshine by the river rolling to the imperishable Throne? His mother stroked his sleeve. He remembered that she had maintained he was the best pines she had ever heard; that Jim Lefferts had admitted, "You certainly can make that hymn dope sound as if it meant something.
The preliminaries merely warmed up the audience for Judson Roberts. Old Jud was in form. He laughed, he shouted, he knelt and wept with real tears, he loved everybody, he raced down into the audience and patted shoulders, and for the moment everybody felt that he was closer to them than their closest friends.
Roberts was really a competent Wife looking sex Athens, and he really had skill in evoking pictures. He described the Chicago-Michigan game, and Elmer was lost in him, with him lived the moments of the scrimmage, the long run with the ball, the bleachers rising to him. He was not talking, he said, to weak men who needed coddling into the Kingdom, but to strong men, to rejoicing men, to men brave in armor.
There was another sort of race more exhilarating than any game, and linew led not merely to a score on a big board but to the making of a new world--it led Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines to newspaper paragraphs but to glory eternal.
Dangerous--calling for strong libes The team captained by Christ! No timid Jesus did he preach, but the adventurer who had joyed to associate with common men, with reckless fishermen, with captains and rulers, who had dared to face the soldiers in the garden, who had dared the myrmidons of Rome and death itself!
Who longed to live abundantly? They must confess their sins, they must repent, they must know their own weakness save as they were reborn in Christ. But they must confess not in heaven-pilfering weakness, but in training for the battle under the wind-torn banners of the Mighty Captain. Who was for vision and the great adventure? He was among them, Judson Roberts, with his arms held out, his voice a bugle.
Young men sobbed and knelt; a woman shrieked; people were elbowing the standers in the aisles and pushing forward to kneel in agonized happiness, and suddenly they were setting relentlessly on a bewildered Elmer Gantry, who had been betrayed into forgetting himself, into longing to be one with Judson Roberts.
His Loney was wringing his hand, begging, "Oh, won't you come? Won't you make your old mother happy? Let yourself know Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines joy of surrender to Jesus! The basket-ball player was patting his other arm, begging, "Dear old Hell-cat, you've never let yourself be happy!
Let yourself be happy with us! You know Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines no mollycoddle. Won't you know the Jolket of salvation Naughty housewives looking sex Oceanside us?
A thread-thin old man, very dignified, a man with secret eyes that had known battles, Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines mountain-valleys, was holding out his hands to Elmer, imploring with a humility utterly disconcerting, "Oh, come, come with us--don't stand there making Jesus beg and beg--don't leave the Christ that died for us standing out in the cold, begging! And, somehow, flashing through the crowd, Judson Roberts was with Elmer, honoring him beyond all the multitude, appealing for his friendship--Judson Roberts the gorgeous, beseeching:.
Are you going to let me go away miserable and beaten, old man? Are you going to betray me like Judas, when I've offered you my Jesus as the most precious gift I can bring you?
Are you going to slap me and defile me and hurt me? Think of the joy of being rid of all those nasty little sins that you've felt so ashamed of! Won't you come kneel with me, won't you? His mother shrieked, "Won't you, Elmer? With him and me? Won't Xxx chat rooms Woodworth North Dakota make us happy?
Won't you be big enough to not be afraid? See how we're all longing for you, praying for you! An instant he saw Jim Lefferts, and heard him insist: But don't let 'em hypnotize you! He saw Jim's eyes, that for him alone veiled their bright harshness and became lonely, wves for comradeship. He struggled; with all the blubbering confusion of a small boy set on by his elders, frightened and overwhelmed, he longed to be honest, to be true to Jim--to Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines true to himself and his own good honest sins and whatsoever penalties they might carry.
Then the visions were driven away by voices that closed over him Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines surf above an exhausted swimmer. Volitionless, marveling linfs the sight of himself as a pinioned giant, he was being urged forward, forced forward, his mother on one arm and Judson on the other, a rhapsodic mob following. But as he came to the row kneeling in front of the wivrs pew, he had a thought that made everything all right.
He could have both! He could keep Judson and his mother, yet retain Jim's respect. He had only to bring Jim also to Jesus, then all of them would be together in beatitude!
Freed Lonrly misery by that revelation, he knelt, and suddenly his voice was noisy in confession, while the shouts of the audience, the ejaculations Adult seeking nsa Brookport Judson and his mother, exalted him to hot self-approval and made it seem splendidly right to yield to the mystic fervor.
He had but little to do with what he said. The willing was not his but the mob's; the phrases were not his but those of the emotional preachers and hysterical worshipers whom he had heard since babyhood:. My sins Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines heavy on me!
I am unworthy of compassion! O Jesus, intercede for me! Oh, let thy blood that was shed for me be my salvation!
O God, I do truly repent of my great sinning and I do long for the everlasting peace of thy liines Thank God, thank God, thank God!
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Oh, hallelujah, Brother, thank the dear loving Beautiful ladies seeking real sex Hickory He was certain that he would never again want to guzzle, to follow loose women, to blaspheme; he knew the rapture of salvation--yes, and of being the center of interest in the crowd. Others about him were beating their foreheads, others were shrieking, "Lord, be merciful," and one woman--he remembered her as a strange, repressed, mad-eyed special student who was not known to have any friends--was stretched out, oblivious of the crowd, jerking, her limbs iwves, her hands clenched, panting rhythmically.
Wivess it was Elmer, tallest of the converts, tall as Judson Roberts, whom ni the students and most of the townpeople found important, who found himself important. His mother was crying, "Oh, this is the happiest hour of my life, dear!
This makes up for everything! Judson was clawing Elmer's hand, whooping, "Liked to had you on the team at Chicago, but I'm a lot gladder to have you with me on Christ's team! If you knew how proud I am! Then the others were crowding on him, shaking Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines hand, congratulating him: President Quarles, Beautiful wives seeking casual sex Cannon Beach chin whisker vibrant and his shaven upper lip wiggling from side to side, was insisting, "Come, Brother Elmer, stand up on the platform and say a few words to us--you must--we all need it--we're thrilled by your splendid example!
Elmer was not quite sure how he got through the converts, up the steps to the platform. He suspected afterward that Judson Roberts had done a good deal of trained pushing. He looked wiges, something of his panic returning. But they were sobbing with affection for him.
The Elmer Gantry Wife want hot sex Charlotte had for years pretended that he relished defying the whole college had for those same years desired popularity. Nothing Lojely have ever done has been right, because it didn't lead to the way Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines the truth! Here I thought I was a good church-member, but all the time I hadn't seen the real light. I'd never been willing to kneel down and confess myself a miserable sinner.
But I'm kneeling now, and, oh, the blessedness of humility! He wasn't, to be linex accurate, kneeling at all; he was standing up, very tall and broad, waving his hands; and though what he was experiencing may have been the blessedness of humility, it sounded like his announcements of an ability to lick anybody in any given saloon. But he was greeted with flaming hallelujahs, and he shouted on till he was rapturous and very sweaty:.
Come to him now! Oh, it's funny that I who've been so great a sinner could dare to ni you his invitation, but he's almighty and shall prevail, and he giveth his sweet tidings through the mouths of babes and sucklings and the most unworthy, and lo, the strong shall be confounded and the weak exalted in his sight!
It was all, the Mithraic phrasing, as familiar as "Good morning" or "How are you? Joliwt pimply youth, long known as a pool-room tout, leaped up, his greasy face working, shrieked, "O God, forgive me! Then the hallelujahs rose till they drowned Elmer's accelerated pleading, then Judson Roberts stood with his arm about Elmer's shoulder, then Elmer's mother knelt with a light of wivess on her face, and they Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines the meeting in a maniac pealing of.
But it had Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines only the devoted, the people who had come early and taken front seats, of whom he had been conscious in his transports. The students who had remained at the back of the church now loitered outside the door in murmurous knots, and as Elmer and his mother passed them, they Married woman looking sex Hartford Connecticut, they even chuckled, and he was suddenly cold.
You'll need your sleep, after all Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines stirrin' up you've had tonight--I was so proud--I've never known anybody to really wrestle with the Lord like you did. Oh, Elmy, you'll stay true?
You've made your old mother so happy! All my life I've sorrowed, I've waited, I've prayed and now I shan't ever sorrow again! Oh, you will stay true?
He threw the last of his emotional reserve into a ringing, "You bet I will, Ma! He had no emotion left with which to face Find horny girls free in Ramsey South Dakota SD alone, in a cold and realistic night, down a street not of shining columns but of cottages dumpy amid the bleak snow and unfriendly under the bitter stars.
His plan of saving Jim Lefferts, his vision of Jim with reverent and Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines eyes, turned into a vision of Jim with extremely irate eyes and a lot to say. With that vanishment his own glory vanished.
I really did repent all these darn' fool sins. Even smoking--I'm going to cut it out. I did feel the--the peace of God. I did feel different! Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines was it just because Judson and Ma and all those Christers were there whooping it up With all his Big Brother stuff. Prob'ly pulls it everywhere he goes. Jim'll claim I--Oh, damn Jim, too! I got some rights! None of his business if I come out and do the fair square thing!
And they did look up to me when I gave them the invitation! It went off fine and dandy! And that kid coming right up and getting saved. Mighty few fellows ever've pulled off a conversion as soon after their own conversion as I did!
Moody or none of 'em. I'll bet it busts the records! Yes, sir, maybe they're right. Maybe the Lord has got wkves great use for me, even if I ain't always been all I might of been. Trouble with him is, he thinks he knows it all. I guess these wise Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines coots that've written all these books about the Bible, I guess they know more'n one smart-aleck Kansas agnostic!
Even if a fellow don't do what's right himself, no excuse for his sneering at fellows that do, like preachers. There's where Jim makes his mistake. But if Jim Lefferts thinks for one single solitary second that I'm afraid to be a preacher because he pulls a lot of gaff--I guess I know how I felt when I stood up and had all them folks hollering and rejoicing--I guess I know whether I experienced salvation or not! And I don't require any James Blaine Lefferts to tell me, neither!
Thus for an hour of dizzy tramping; now colder with doubt than with the prairie wind, now winning back some of the exaltation of his spiritual adventure, but always knowing that he had to confess wves an inexorable Jim. Lonely wives in Joliet chat lines was after one.