| Quote #4
My gentle-hearted Charles! when the last rook
After his epiphany at the beginning of the third stanza, he overflows with feelings of good will and brotherly love. His statement about blessing the rook has the tone of, "Guess what I did? Tee-hee." Or maybe we just like the idea of Coleridge giggling like a schoolgirl.
| Quote #5
and had a charm
The end of the poem reveals what might be Charles's most admirable character trait: his ability to integrate unpleasantness and suffering into the harmony of a full life. The end might also hint at the need to harmonize an individual life with the greater unity of Nature – a classic Romantic idea.