Oh, you think Alex feels like you want his attention all the time?
To be able to read for one's self what is being willed, thought and done in the world--the world in whose joys and sorrows, failures and successes one feels the keenest interest--that would indeed be a happiness too deep for words.
But French opinion itself renders justice to the probity of his character and to the ardour of his patriotism, and nobody will feel surprise at the homage with which Germany feels bound to surround his old age."
He evidently feels in a position to give his gnosis with some claim to a deferential hearing.
He is quite conscious of the great importance and of the difficulty of his task; but he feels his own ability to cope with it.