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So much does friendship triumph over misfortune, that sorrows and sufferings vanish at the meeting not only of real friends, but of the most distant acquaintances, and substitutes happiness in their room.

John Filson (1747-1788)
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Fewer we have, fewer we need for our satisfaction but above all - survival. And survival issue never too far from human race, though sometimes it may be blurred somewhat by the advancement of technology, comfort of life etc.
Christine
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"substitutes happiness in their room" what does this mean?
GreenBanana
Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 10:16:01 AM

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Christine wrote:
"substitutes happiness in their room" what does this mean?


I believe it means that friendship replaces misfortune, sorrow and suffering with happiness.

John Filson, 18th century brony?
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Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 4:28:48 PM

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Christine wrote:
"substitutes happiness in their room" what does this mean?


I guess it used to be a synonym for what is now 'in their place'. Think

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room (n.) Old English rum "space" (extent or time); "scope, opportunity,"
Original sense preserved in make room "clear space for oneself" (late 14c.);
meaning "chamber, cabin" first recorded early 14c. as a nautical term, and first applied mid-15c. to chambers within houses.


Icelandic for 'space' is rúm . German has Lebensraum - only English, as far as I now, commonly uses 'room' to mean chamber (unlike Ís. herbergi, Ger. Zimmer). - and obviously he didn't, at least in this case, even though it was a few hundred years after it started to be used that way in English! Or maybe he was a bit too 'happy' at the timeWhistle
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This quotation presents an object lesson in the importance of context in understanding a word, a sentence, or the author's meaning. Out of context the quotation appears to exaggerate the power of friendship and acquaintanceship. In context it makes sense. Taken from The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone, one chapter in a longer historical compilation by John Filson, it s a first hand account by the legendary American frontiersman Daniel Boone about a harrowing ordeal with the indigenous people, aka "savages" in "Kentuke." Boone has fortuitously met his brother in the woods after escaping captivity by the "savages."

Notwithstanding the unfortunate circumstances of our company, and our dangerous situation, as surrounded with hostile savages, our meeting so fortunately in the wilderness made us reciprocally sensible of the utmost satisfaction. So much does friendship triumph over misfortune, that sorrows and sufferings vanish at the meeting not only of real friends, but of the most distant acquaintances, and substitutes happiness in their room.

After escaping death, and seeing his fellow adventurers killed by the "savages," we can well imagine how overwhelmed Boone was on meeting his brother after escaping, and how much importance he attached to friendly contact of any stripe.

For the whole story see http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/John_Filson/The_Adventures_of_Colonel_Daniel_Boone/The_Adventures_of_Colonel_Daniel_Boon_p2.html

P.S. Yesterday TFD featured Daniel Boone's birthday.

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