The Comfortable Comforters

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"WHEN a child is crying," said Sister Charity, "the first thing to do is to soothe and comfort it. Until you do, the child will hear neither reason nor instruction"; ("nor even then," she added).

"When a child is crying," said Dr. Divine, "the first thing to do is to purify and regenerate its little heart. Until you do, children's sorrows will never end"; ("indeed, sorrows have no end," he added).

"When a child is crying," said Judge Law, "the first thing to do is to restrain and punish those who made it cry. Until you do, children will always be blubbering" ("and, after that, still more," he added).

"When a child is crying," said the Disturber of the Peace, "the first thing to do is to find out what makes it cry. Until you do, you can't remove the cause."

"Why, we wouldn't want to remove the cause," said the others: "we'd have to remove ourselves."