Let us be proud that our system has produced and provided more freedom and more abundance, more widely shared, than any other system in the history of the world. But we must not forget that we take these gifts upon the condition that justice and mercy shall hold the reins of power and that the upward avenues of hope shall be free to all the people. Stephen, who had been listening to the unspoken speech behind the words, said with assumed carelessness: --Pascal, if I remember rightly, would not suffer his mother to kiss him as he feared the contact of her sex. Would it be so great if he were really going to tell me? "Well," he said at last, "just exactly in order that you should do this.