Some Account of the Life of the Late Gilb. Earle

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 108 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824. Excerpt: ... Still, I am aware that I am likely to be accused of exaggeration for the way in which I have spoken of Eleanor;--for, once or twice, in society, when the conversation has chanced to turn upon women, I have not been able to resist rapidly sketching the picture which I have here given more at length;--and it has always been pronounced a fancy-piece, not a portrait--or, at most, to be, like the Venus of Phidias, composed of the remembered beauties of many. "Where," it has been said, "where does one meet a woman like this?"--I grant that it is not common--I grant that it is most rare--but still such women do exist. Once in a life-time, perhaps, like the blooming of the aloe, we do meet with such a being--as if it were to convince us that the golden age of the human race was not all a fable;--as if it were to prove to us that women might exist, worthy of drawing down the children of heaven to commune with them. Such was the woman I loved--such was the woman who loved me, --and I then thought the possession of that love, happiness. It was happiness for the moment; or rather enjoyment, extreme enjoyment, --for real happiness it scarcely could be called at any time. It was imbittered by the consciousness of wrong;--by the weight at the heart of the eternal bar betwixt us;--by the deadly chill of the thought that. she never could be mine--or that, in being so, she must lose herself for ever! If there be, among those who read these pages, one who is at this moment balancing on the verge of virtue, ere he topple over its edge for ever;--if, in plain words, there be among them one who is on the point of effecting the undoing of the woman he loves--I entreat, I conjure him here for one moment to pause. And, as he shall answer to his conscience at the day of death, to hi...

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