Helplessness and security

„But, stranger than all this, was the unmistakable atmosphere that seemed to enter with him – an atmosphere that from one side produced a sense of great fear and helplessness, and on the other of a kind of security. In an instant Monsignor felt as a wounded child might feel in the presence of a surgeon.“

(Robert Hugh Benson, The dawn of all, St. Louis 1911, S. 261. (https://archive.org/stream/dawnofall00bensiala#page/260/mode/2up))