Imaginary Portraits (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, 1894 - 180 pages
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Page 2 - ... in dealing with the vulgar reality seen from one's own window which has made trite old Harlequin, Clown, and Columbine, seem like people in some fairyland; or like infinitely clever tragic actors, who, for the humour of the thing, have put on motley for once, and are able to throw a world of serious innuendo into their burlesque looks, with a sort of comedy which shall be but tragedy seen from the other side.
Page 113 - He seemed, if one may say so, in love with death ;| preferring winter to summer ; finding only a tranquillising influence in the thought of the earth beneath our feet cooling down for ever from its old cosmic heat...
Page 27 - ... sympathy closer. And still as he labours, not less sedulously than of old, and still so full of loyalty to his old master, in that Watteau chamber, I seem to see Antony himself, of whom Jean-Baptiste dares not yet speak, to come very near his work, and understand his great parts. So...
Page 37 - ... the queer trick he possesses," to use his own phrase. You see him growing ever more and more meagre, as he goes through the world and its applause. Yet he reaches with wonderful sagacity the secret of an adjustment of colours, a coiffure, a toilette, setting I know not what air of real superiority on such things. He will never overcome his early training; and these light things will possess for him always a kind of representative or borrowed worth, as characterising that impossible or forbidden...
Page 66 - ... a stall in the great cathedral square for the sale of melons and pomegranates, all manner of seeds and flowers (omnia speciosa...
Page 54 - Travellers' window, and those odd lines of white the long walkingstaves in the hands of Abraham, Raphael, the Magi, and the other saintly patrons of journeys. The appropriate provincial character of the bourgeoisie of Champagne is still to be seen, it would appear, among the citizens of Troyes. Its streets, for the most part in timber and pargeting, present more than one unaltered specimen of the ancient hotel or town-house, with fore-court and garden in the rear; and its more devout citizens would...
Page 13 - I lingered long after the office was ended, watching, pondering how in the world one could help a small bird which had flown into the church but could find no way out again. I suspect it will remain there, fluttering round and round distractedly, far up under the arched roof, till it dies exhausted. I seem to have heard of a writer who likened man's life to a bird passing just once only, on some winter night, from window to window, across a cheerfully-Lighted hall. The bird, taken captive by the...
Page 68 - ... lad himself his perhaps more than natural gifts with a view to their profitable cultivation. It was a period, as older men took note, of young men and their influence. They took fire, no one could quite explain how, as if at his presence, and asserted a wonderful amount of volition, of insolence, yet as if with the consent of their elders, who would themselves sometimes lose their balance, a little comically. That revolution in the temper and manner of individuals concurred with the movement...
Page 54 - Gothicon-stilts, giving to the streets of Troyes a peculiar air of the grotesque, as if in some quaint nightmare of the Middle Age. At Sens, thirty miles away to the west, a place of far graver aspect, the name of Jean Cousin denotes a more chastened temper, even in these sumptuous decorations. Here all is cool and composed, with an almost English austerity. The first growth of the Pointed style in England the hard "early English...
Page 75 - A kind of degeneration, of coarseness the coarseness of satiety, and shapeless, battered-out appetite with an almost savage taste for carnivorous diet, had come over the company. A rumour went abroad of certain women who had drowned, in mere wantonness, their newborn babes. A girl with child was found hanged by her own act in a dark cellar. Ah ! if Denys also had not felt himself mad ! But when the guilt of a murder, committed with a great vine-axe far out among the vineyards, was attributed...

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