Romola: & Theophrastus Such (Google eBook)

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F. F. Lovell & Company, 1889 - Florence (Italy) - 547 pages
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Review: Romola

User Review  - Lizzie - Goodreads

My second date with my new best friend George Eliot. I didn't love it like I loved The Mill on the Floss , which is fine. I'm not sure that I want to love all things that way. I'm rounding up the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Virtuella - Goodreads

This was a complete and utter joy to read. Renaissance Florence is rendered so vividly it seems to breathe and the characters, both the fictional and the historical ones, are wonderfully complex. I am puzzled as to why this novel receives much less attention than George Eliot's other works. Read full review

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Page 152 - I say the truth in Christ; I lie not, (my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,) that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh...
Page 210 - He hardly knew how the words had come to his lips: there are moments when our passions speak and decide for us, and we seem to stand by and wonder. They carry in them an inspiration of crime, that in one instant does the work of long premeditation.
Page 152 - Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh : who are Israelites ; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises : whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, Who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Page 463 - And that is true!" said Savonarola, with flashing ] eyes. Romola's voice had seemed to him in that moment the voice of his enemies. "The cause of my party is the cause of God's kingdom." "I do not believe it!" said Romola, her whole frame shaken with passionate repugnance. "God's kingdom is something wider else, let me stand outside it with the beings that I love.
Page 217 - Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them ; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
Page 338 - And you are flying from your debts, the debt of a Florentine woman, the debt of a wife. You are turning your back on the lot that has been appointed for you ; you are going to choose another. But can man or woman choose duties ? No more than they can choose their birthplace or their father and mother. My daughter, you are fleeing from the presence of God into the wilderness.
Page 3 - ... he tried to slip away from everything that was unpleasant, and cared for nothing else so much as his own safety, he came at last to commit some of the basest deeds such as make men infamous. He denied his father and left him to misery; he betrayed every trust that was reposed in him, that he might keep himself safe and get rich and prosperous. Yet calamity overtook him.
Page 25 - To my father's mind the noisy teachers of revolutionary doctrine were, to speak mildly, a variable mixture of the fool and the scoundrel ; the welfare of the nation lay in a strong Government which could maintain order ; and I was accustomed to hear him utter the word " Government" in a tone that charged it with awe, and made it part of my effective religion, in contrast with the word
Page 5 - The great river-courses which have shaped the lives of men have hardly changed ; and those other streams, the life-currents that ebb and flow in human hearts, pulsate to the same great needs, the same great loves and terrors. As our thought follows close in the slow wake of the dawn, we are impressed with the broad sameness of the human lot, which never alters in the main headings of its history hunger and labour, seed-time and harvest, love and death.
Page 342 - And that is your wisdom ! To be as the dead whose eyes are closed, and whose ear is deaf to the work of God that has been since their time. What has your dead wisdom done for you, my daughter? It has left you without a heart for the...

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