What did it avail then to have been a great emperor, a great general, a marvellous inventor, the most learned of the learned? All were as one before the judgement seat of God. I give them monthly examinations to see that they are profiting by my tuition. Till what? Till he yield to me? No. Thick among the tufts of rank stiff growth lay battered canisters and clots and coils of solid excrement.