A Friend of Caesar: A Tale of the Fall of the Roman Republic, Time, 50-47 B. C.

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Macmillan, 1900 - Rome - 501 pages

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Page 211 - I have not just cause to weep, when I consider that Alexander at my age had conquered so many nations, and I have all this time done nothing that is memorable?
Page 505 - A narrative, told with naive simplicity in the first person, of how a man who was devoted to his fruits and flowers and birds came to fall in love with a fair neighbor who treated him at first with whimsical raillery and coquetry, and who finally put his love to the supreme test.
Page 252 - ... will not say once, but full many a time — that he were dead rather than alive. Calamities fall upon us; sicknesses vex and harass us, and make life, short though it be, to appear long. So death, through the wretchedness of our life, is a most sweet refuge to our race: and God, who gives us the tastes that we enjoy of pleasant times, is seen, in his very gift, to be envious.
Page 504 - The close communion and sympathy with Nature, and the noble interpretation of her wayward moods and changing phases, manifested in ' A Kentucky Cardinal ' and ' Aftermath ' find nobler, sweeter, ampler expression in the luminous, sunlit, sun-flushed pages of his new story." — The Bookman. "The book continually gladdens the aesthetic sense with its luxurious and chaste objective imagery. It shows a marked advance in the author's power of vivid dialogue, and though the nature of its materials will...
Page 79 - O when, through the long night, With fleet foot glancing white, Shall I go dancing in my revelry, My neck cast back, and bare Unto the dewy air, Like sportive fawn in the green meadow's glee ? Lo, in her fear she springs Over th...
Page 30 - ... not yet enshrined in that living tomb which we carry about, now that we are imprisoned in the body, like an oyster in his shell.
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Page 205 - Mock not at death, glorious Odysseus. Better to be the hireling of a stranger, and serve a man of mean estate whose living is but small, than be the ruler over all these dead and gone.
Page 65 - Thales, when he fell into a well as he was looking up at the stars. She said, that he was so eager to know what was going on in heaven, that he could not see what was before his feet.
Page 503 - This work, for any one of several solid reasons, must be regarded as of very unusual interest. In the matter of style alone, it is an achievement, an extraordinary achievement ... in the matter of interpreting nature there are passages in this book that I have never seen surpassed in prose fiction.

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