Student or Learner
It is an extract from the above essay. Could you please tell me what the meaning of the following sentence is, especially the underlined one:
"Bear in mind also that to the lover the loved one is always the most beautiful thing imaginable, even though to a stranger she may be indistinguishable from an order of smelts."
Cheers and thanks.
If you don't mind I would like to raise another here:
"Extreme busyness, whether at school or college, church or market, is a sympton of deficient vitality; and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity." - an extract from "Extreme Busyness" of Robert Louis Stevenson. Thanks again.
"Faculty" in this case means "ability or tendency"
"Catholic" in this case means "varied" I'm not entirely sure if "appetite" means appetite for food, or appetite for life, or something entirely different.
"A strong sense of personal identity" means, I think, that the person knows himself well.
Again, this is a style of English I'm not over-familiar with. I hope this sheds some light on the problem!