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fact that he had been in the Rugby eleven somewhere
in the 'sixties. And I have, indeed, heard him speak
of Arnold's poem, Rugby Chapel. But the Kingsley
affinity was more clearly recognizable. Like Kingsley,
Mr. Colwood loved riding, shooting and fishing, and
believed that such sports were congruous with the
Christian creed which he unobtrusively accepted and
lived up to. It is questionable, however, whether he
would have agreed with Kingsley's Christian Social-
ism. One of his maxims was "Don't marry for money
but marry where money is", and he had carried this
into effect by marrying, when he was over forty, a
sensible Scotch lady with a fortune of  1,500 a year,
thereby enabling his three sons to be brought up as
keen fox-hunters, game-shooters, and salmon-fishers.
And however strongly the Author of his religion
might have condemned these sports, no one could
deny him the Christian adjectives gentle, patient, and

At first I had been intimidated by him, for the
scrutinizing look that he gave me was both earn-
est and stern. His were eyes that looked straight
at the world from under level brows, and there
was strictness in the lines of his mouth. But the
kindliness of his nature emerged in the tone of his
voice, which was pitched moderately low. In his
voice a desire for gaiety seemed to be striving to over-
master an inherent sadness. This undertone of sad-
ness may have been accentuated as the result of his
ripened understanding of a world which was not all
skylarking and sport, but Stephen (who was a lankier
and less regular-featured edition of his father) had
inherited the same quality of voice. Mr. Colwood
was a naturally nervous man with strong emotions,
which he rigidly repressed.