Henry Jewett's Opinions

Boston Evening Transcript

Mr. Henry Jewett is well known in this city as an earnest Christian Scientist. In reply to many queries as to how the play of "The Christian and the character of John Storm appeal to him as a Christian Scientist, he has written the following:—

To me, as a Christian Scientist, the most interesting feature of the play is the struggle for a higher ideal portrayed in the character of John Storm. John Storm is, to me, a modern John the Baptist, or a child crying for the light and as yet "with no language but a cry." From a Christian Science standpoint his methods at reform are crude and often fanatical, but his motives are pure and his struggles honest and unselfish. His capacity to love is great. I do not mean his passion for Glory, although even in his love for her he expresses a higher and nobler sense than the ordinary love of a man for a woman. The dominating note through it all is to save her from herself, not to get her for himself. Glory indicates the nature of his love for her in Act III., just after Drake's exit, when she says, "There is another sort of man altogether, one whose love has the reverence of a religion in it, who is ready to trample all the world under his feet for you and ask nothing in return."

The Lectures
June 22, 1899

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