1. He had always been more sensitive than the people about him to the appeal of natural beauty.
  2. His unfinished studies of given form to the sensibility and even in his own happiest moments field and sky spoke to him with a deep and powerful persuasion.
  3. But hitherto the emotion remained in him as a silent ache, veiling with sadness the beauty that evoked it.
  4. He did not even know whether anyone else in the world felt as he did, or whether he was the sole victim of this mournful privilege.