Woman: Or, Ida of Athens, Volumes 3-4

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809 - 290 pages
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Page 22 - Woman! it is to you the destiny of man is committed! 'tis you who govern the strongest impulse — the greatest passion of which his being is susceptible ... if it is for man to perform great actions, it is for woman to inspire them!" (11.22 & IV. 290) It is easy to see why a novel by a woman written to such an agenda has been little publicized today, and why Leask prefers to read Luxima (whom he derives from Jones's Shakun tala) as the dominated oriental...
Page 186 - Greece ! their fragrant beauty belonged alone to you : spirit of love — your's were their higher bliss ! the walk that never wearied — • the book so seldom understood — the music that intranced — the glance that sought the soul — the sentiment the heart embodied— a flower exchanged or given.— the twilight's pensive pleasures—the tender gaiety— the more delicious sadness — the timid, stifled sigh— the soft,, malicious smile— the thrill, the hope, the fear, each in it• self...
Page 14 - ... from the harmonies and conformities of nature, that man should borrow his political and moral adaptions, and learn from the Legislature of the Universe those beneficent laws, which should form the social compact of mankind. Whenever the institutions of government shall tend to excite and develope the natural sensibility of man, the happiness of the state will be affected, for virtue itself is but composed of the affections ; and the maxim of wisdom, or the exertion of art, proceeds only from...
Page 258 - Osmyn, and., for the first time, their feelings found a language they had so long and so vainly sought. That timid, gentle, trembling pressure, which virtue consecrated, and love so sweetly understood, conveyed to each an unspeakable sensation, as if a beam from heaven had passed through their frames, and left some of its divine warmth behind it. " Oh! my sweet friend, (softly murmured Osmyn ) what have I done that I should survive this moment? Oh ! Ida,. I die, and death is a blessing !" " Live,
Page 51 - ... (11.10). When we first see him he is, as it were, the young Apollo of homosexual attraction, a figure of "singular beauty" in "that charming aera (area? Ed.) in human life which vibrates between the lovely graces of adolescence, and the strengthening energies of manhood; the muscles were still rounded, the cheek was still carnationed; and the limbs were still light, flexible, and pliant: but energy was already stealing something from the curving line of grace, and vigor from the fragile bloom...

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