CONCLUSIONS AND IMPRESSIONS 389 When they give proof of their respect by the most profound silence, then we feel their behaviour as being touching enough to stir our hearts. The Children's House seems to have a spiritual influence on everybody. I have seen business men, men of high position, men overburdened with heavy work, or full of a sense of their own social importance, become serene, shake off some of the stiff formality of their rank, become lost in pleasant forgetfulness of themselves. It is the effect of the spectacle of the human mind expanding in accordance with its true nature; it is this which makes us call our little ones wonderful children, happy children, the Infancy of a humanity developed further than our own. I understand the great English poet Wordsworth, who, in love with Nature, began to hear the mysterious voices of her colours and of her silences and asked from her the secret of all life. At last, as in a vision, the revelation came to him: the secret of all Nature dwells in the heart of a little child. He discloses for us the true meaning of the life which is found In the soul of humanity. But that spirit which envelops us in childhood is afterwards obscured because the "shades of the prison-house begin to close upon the growing boy," and the man sees the vision " die away and fade into the light of common day ". Truly our social life is very often the gradual darkening and the death of the natural life which is within us.