The Seven Vagabonds by Nathaniel Hawthorne – paragraph 3

“What an admirable piece of work is this!” exclaimed I, lifting up my hands in astonishment. Indeed, I liked the spectacle, and was tickled with the old man’s gravity as he presided at it, for I had none of that foolish wisdom which reproves every occupation that is not useful in this world of vanities. If there be a faculty which I possess more perfectly than most men, it is that of throwing myself mentally into situations foreign to my own, and detecting, with a cheerful eye, the desirable circumstances of each. I could have envied the life of this gray-headed showman.