When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. How foolish his aim had been! He had tried to build a break-water of order and elegance against the sordid tide of life without him and to dam up, by rules of conduct and active interest and new filial relations, the powerful recurrence of the tides within him. He stooped to the evil of hypocrisy with others, sceptical of their innocence which he could cajole so easily. It was the same in the bath when you undressed yourself.