A Human Document: A Novel, Volume 3

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Chapman and Hall, ld., 1892
 

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Page 11 - ... different level in human life to which the two works pierce. The one reaches to the poetry of life ; the other only presumes it, or at best points to it from a distance. But the vision of George Eliot goes straight to it, and encounters it face to face. She has seen and has felt like Sophocles, that ' Full many things are wonderful, but none More fearful and more wonderful than man...
Page 302 - Consecration" which Irma could never have written : "Were my power as a writer equal to my love as a woman, that life should live in these pages, as it lived and breathed once in our now lonely bodies. I would make it live — all of it ; I would keep back nothing ; for perfect love casts out shame. But if anyone should think that I ought to blush for what I have written, I should be proud if, in witness of my love for you, every page of it were as crimson as a rose."14 So ends A Human Documenl.
Page 303 - Were my power as a writer equal to my love as a woman, that life should live in these pages, as it lived and breathed once in our now lonely bodies. I would make it live — all of it ; I would keep back nothing ; for perfect love casts out shame. But if anyone should think that I ought to blush for what I have written, I should be proud if, in witness of my love for you, every page of it were as crimson as a rose."14 So ends A Human Documenl. We must admit that the book has many literary and artistic...
Page 292 - It is never safe to say of a man before his death that he was happy ; in certain cases it is safe to say so after it. A year later it might have safely been said of Grenville, who even now, though he did not know it, carried the seeds of death in him.

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