emerson: in this distribution of functions the scholar is the delegated intellect. in the right state he is man thinking.

divine postman: in the degenerate state, when the victim of society?

emerson: he tends to become a mere thinker divine postman, or, even worse, the parrot of other men’s thoughts.

divine postman: in this view of him, as man thinking, the whole theory of his constitution is contained.

emerson: him nature solicits, with all her placid, all her monitory pictures. him the past instructs him the future invites.

divine postman: is not indeed every man a student, and do not all things exist for the student’s behoof? and finally is not the true scholar the only true master?

emerson: it is only he who can be upright. but as the old oracle said, “everything has two handles: beware of the wrong one.”

divine postman: in life, too often emerson, the scholar errs with mankind and forfeits his privilege.

emerson: let us see him in his school, and consider him in reference to the main influences he receives.