The Little Pilgrim: Further Experiences (Google eBook)

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Roberts Bros., 1895 - Allegories - 190 pages
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Page 40 - what shall be done to those who see and yet refuse?' her heart being wrung by the disappointment and the failure. But her companion smiled still, and he said, 'They are the children of the Father. Can a woman forget her child that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? She may forget; yet will not He forget.' And thus they went on and on. But time would not suffice to tell what these two pilgrims saw as they wandered among the ways of men. They saw poverty and misery and pain,...
Page 175 - I said to myself, I would make a pilgrimage to the foot of those gloomy mountains, and bring him back, all racked and tortured as he was, and show him the pleasant place which he had missed. In the mean time the music and the dance went on. But it began to surprise me a little that there was no pause, that the festival continued without intermission. I went up to one of those who seemed the masters of ceremony, directing what was going on. He was an old man, with a flowing robe of brocade, and a...
Page 97 - I said with a great desire to keep up the air of superior information. Except for the first moment, I had not experienced that strange power of looking into the man below the surface which had frightened me. Now there occurred another gleam of insight, which gave me once more a sensation of alarm. I seemed to see a light of hatred and contempt below his smile ; and I felt that he was not...
Page 155 - But for him they would never have seen me,' he said. 'I should have been well by this time in the fresh air.' 'It is his turn now,' said another. I turned my head as well as I could and spoke to them all. 'I am a stranger here,' I cried. 'They have made my brain burn with their experiments. Will nobody help me? It is no fault of mine, it is their fault. If I am to be left here uncared for, I shall die.' At this a sort of dreadful chuckle ran round the place. 'If that is what you are afraid of, you...
Page 114 - You will soon be accustomed to all this," he said. " You will fall into the way. Perhaps you will be able to amuse yourself, to make it passable. Many do. There are a number of fine things to be seen here. If you are curious, come with me and I will show you. Or work there is even work. There is only one thing that is impossible or if not impossible " And here he paused again, and raised his eyes to the dark clouds and lurid sky overhead. " The man who gave that cry ! if I could but find...
Page 102 - Crowds seemed to sweep by without a pause - all hurrying, restless: some with anxious faces, as if any delay would be mortal; some in noisy groups intercepting the passage of the others. Sometimes one would pause to point me out to his comrades, with a shout of derision at my miserable plight; or if by a change of posture I got outside the protection of my wall, would kick me back with a coarse injunction to keep out of the way. No one was sorry for me not a look of compassion, not a word of inquiry...
Page 177 - Yet pleasure requires it," I said, "as much as " I was about to say pain ; but why should one speak of pain in a place given up to pleasure ? She smiled faintly and shook her head again. All her movements were languid and faint ; her eyelids drooped over her eyes. Yet, when I turned to her, she made an effort to smile. " I think you are also tired," I said. At this she roused herself a little. " We must not say so ; nor do I say so. Pleasure is very exacting. It demands more of you than anything...
Page 130 - I will not turn back,' I said. 'I know well enough: you can't. You've got to go the round like the rest,' he said, with a laugh which was like a sound uttered by a wild animal rather than a human voice. The man was in my power, and I struck him, miserable as he was. It seemed a relief thus to get rid of some of the fury in my mind. 'It's a lie,' I said; 'I go because I please.
Page 167 - Behold me, behold me! I will go too!' He reached me his hand and went on without a word; and I with terror crept after him, treading in his steps, following like his shadow. What it was to walk with another, and follow, and be at one, is more than I can tell; but likewise my heart failed me for fear, for dread of what we might encounter, and of hearing that name or entering that presence which was more terrible than all torture. I wondered how it could be that one should willingly face that which...
Page 127 - This troubled me. for it was true. "I had begun to think," I said, "that there was no authority at all. for every man seems to do as he pleases; you ride over one. and knock another down, or you seize a living man and cut him to pieces" I shuddered as I thought of it "and there is nobody to interfere.

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