Monthly Archives: December 2006

Sartor Resartus

If for a speculative man, ‘whose seedfield,’ in the sublime words of the Poet, ‘is Time,’ no conquest is important but that of new ideas, then might the arrival of Professor Teufelsdrockh’s Book be marked with chalk in the Editor’s … Continue reading

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Seashore

On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. The infinite sky is motionless overhead and the restless water is boisterous. On the seashore of endless worlds the children meet with shouts and dances. They build their houses with sand and … Continue reading

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The Education of Henry Adams

Possibly the modern legislator or magistrate might no longer know enough to treat as the Church did the man who denied unity, unless the denial took the form of a bomb; but no teacher would know how to explain what … Continue reading

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Men who gather pearls

Sea waves – no bottom – and the pearls sunk in the sea; And men who gather pearls – doomed to death by gathering. Of a myriad men doomed to death – one finds a pearl; A bushel measure will … Continue reading

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Proteus: Then let her alone. Valentine: Not for the world: why, man, she is mine own, And I as rich in having such a jewel As twenty seas, if all their sand were The water nectar and the rocks pure … Continue reading

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La fille aux yeux d’or

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. HonorĂ© de Balzac, ‘La fille aux yeux d’or (The Girl with the Golden Eyes)’ (1834-35)

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Troilus and Cressida

Her bed is India; there she lies, a pearl: Between our Ilium and where she resides, Let it be call’d the wild and wandering flood, Ourself the merchant, and this sailing Pandar Our doubtful hope, our convoy and our bark. … Continue reading

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