We read and studied out of doors, preferring the sunlit woods to the house.
Only when the sun peeked over the horizon did he decide to leave, preferring a dark place where he could dwell with his dark thoughts.
A year later, preferring a wider field, he resigned the position and devoted himself to literary work.
As regards evergreens opinions are divided, some preferring August and September, others April or May.
The Lives are not in the true sense biographical, but rather picturesque impressions of leading representatives of an attitude of mind full of curiosity, alert and versatile, but lacking scientific method, preferring the external excellence of style and manner to the solid achievements of serious writing.