106 CHANGES OF WEATHER
be much pleasanter if the weather were always bright and calm. I am sure, if rain and storms are useful, they do a good deal of mischief sometimes, and often disappoint us of pleasure,"
" Why, Lewis," said his father, smiling, " one would think you had been studying some of the ancient poets, who wrote so much in praise of such a state as you have been supposing. But really, I cannot say I agree with you, in thinking that it would at all add to our comfort, constituted as we are, to be exempted from changes of weather and climate ; even imagining that such a thing were possible. It is true, there is much enjoyment in the peace and quiet of a tranquil summer's day, when we