as attendant to the females, performing all the little offices within his power, with a mixture of dignity and anxious grace, that served to amuse Heyward, who well knew that it was an utter innovation on the Indian customs, which forbid their warriors to descend to any menial employment, especially in favor of their women.
To all appearance, they were a quiet, honest, well-meaning race of people, cherishing no malice against individuals or the public for the wrong which had been done them; or if, at their own fireside, they transmitted from father to child any hostile recollection of the wizard's fate and their lost patrimony, it was never acted
upon, nor openly expressed.
It were perhaps vain to surmise exactly why it was, that as respecting Starbuck, Ahab thus acted
One fell into a condition where everything acted
against the natural tendency, and the other where everything acted
for it; and so one turned out a pretty wilful, stout, overbearing old democrat, and the other a wilful, stout old despot.
I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted
up to more rapidly and systematically.