Homo Sapiens: A Novel in Three Parts

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A. A. Knopf, 1915 - Polish fiction - 400 pages
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Page 99 - ... Particularly in the field of painting, when a modern work is seen for the first time, we often hear it said that the meaning is not clear. "What does it mean?" "What does it represent?" These are among the most popular questions we hear in such a situation. Then it is that we so often hear the comment, "I don't understand it!" As a matter of fact, there is nothing to understand, at least not in a logical sense of the word. For art addresses itself primarily to the emotions, not to the intellect....
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Page 147 - Mama threw herself on the bed, buried her head in the pillow and wept like a child. After regaining her composure she immediately shifted to a desperate attack: 'You are ruining your future and destroying your opportunities.
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Page 234 - Marit was silent, every now and then throwing him a scared glance. Falk understood, but her tacit resistance annoyed him. To-day he must make a finish. It was inevitable, he felt, yet he was too faint to overcome her resistance. He must muster up his strength. Oh, he knew himself well. The very second glass would do it. A strength of purpose...
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Page 236 - Don't cry, don't cry, my darling." He dropped on his knees and covered her hands with kisses. " Don't cry." He caught her in his arms, kissed her eyes, stroked her face, and more and more passionately caressed and clasped her radiant little head. " My only, my darling, my, my...

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