Higgledy-Piggledy 223 Providence and Othello Providence, in making the rain fall also upon the sea, was like the man who, when he was to play Othello, must needs black himself all over. Providence and Improvidence i We should no longer say: Put your trust in Providence, but in Improvidence, for this is what we mean. ii To put one's trust in God is only a longer way of saying that one will chance it. iii There is nothing so imprudent or so improvident as over- prudence or over-providence. Epiphany If Providence could be seen at all, he would probably turn out to be a very disappointing person—a little wizened old gentleman with a cold in his head, a red nose and a com- forter round his neck, whistling o'er the furrow'd land or crooning to himself as he goes aimlessly along the streets, poking his way about and loitering continually at shop- windows and second-hand book-stalls. Fortune Like Wisdom, Fortune crieth in the streets, and no man regardeth. There is not an advertisement supplement to the Times—nay, hardly a half sheet of newspaper that comes into a house wrapping up this or that, but it gives information which would make a man's fortune, if he could only spot it and detect the one paragraph that would do this among the 99 which would wreck him if he had anything to do with them.