So one day, sitting in Mrs. Lloyd's living room, I remarked courageously that on the previous afternoon I had had
a piece of pie at Mrs. Follett's house. I added casually, "She's a good cook, isn't she?"
"Oh!" said Mrs. Lloyd. "She's a good cook, all right. If her disposition were half as good, we could all be thankful!"
Half an hour later I was in her opponent's kitchen with a plate of cookies balanced on my knee.
"Mrs. Follett," I said, "I heard Mrs. Lloyd say something nice about you."
"Who?" cried Mrs. Follett unbelievingly.
"Mrs. Lloyd. She said you were a good ... cook. As indeed you are."
"Well!" said Mrs. Follett half-unwillingly. "Well, I never! I suppose when it comes to that, Peggy Lloyd has
a light hand with pastry herself!"
You can imagine where my parish calls took me the next day and what I passed along.
And feeble though this little flicker of goodwill was, it was the beginning of the end of that church feud.
Because Rowbottom was right: love is stronger than hate, affection is more powerful than enmity, hostility isn't
a natural state of affairs -- most people want to escape it and feel better when they do.
因为罗巴敦是对的：爱比恨强，爱意比敌意有力，敌对行为不是事情的自然状况 -- 大多数人想要避开它，而当他们做到了
Although everyone benefited from my little experiment, the chief beneficiary was myself, because it introduced
me to my favorite hobby: being a relay station for the little sparks of goodwill that otherwise might never
jump the gap that separates people.
What's the method I use?
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