Eve's Diary: Translated from the Original MS

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Harper & Brothers, 1906 - Diary fiction - 109 pages
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Page 31 - I name it before he has time to expose himself by an awkward silence. In this way I have saved him many embarrassments. I have no defect like his. The minute I set eyes on an animal I know what it is. I don't have to reflect a moment; the right name comes out instantly, just as if it were an inspiration, as no doubt it is, for I am sure it wasn't in me half a minute before. I seem to know just by the shape of the creature and the way it acts what animal it is. When the dodo came along he thought...
Page 107 - It is my prayer, it is my longing, that we may pass from this life together— a longing which shall never perish from the earth, but shall have place in the heart of every wife that loves, until the end of time; and it shall be called by my name. But if one of us must go first, it is my prayer that it shall be I; for he is strong, I am weak, I am not so necessary to him as he is to me—life without him would not be life; how could I endure it?
Page 97 - Fall the more he sings the more I do not get reconciled to it. Yet I ask him to sing, because I wish to learn to like everything he is interested in. I am sure I can learn, because at first I could not stand it, but now I can. It sours the milk, but it doesn't matter ; I can get used to that kind of milk.
Page 7 - ... share in the matter. Is my position assured, or do I have to watch it and take care of it ? The latter, perhaps. Some instinct tells me that eternal vigilance is the price of supremacy. [That is a good phrase, I think, for one so young.] Everything looks better to-day than it did yesterday.
Page 95 - If I ask myself why I love him, I find I do not know, and do not really much care to know ; so I suppose that this kind of love is not a product of reasoning and statistics, like one's love for other reptiles and animals.
Page 41 - ... them when I can help it. I tried to get him some of those apples, but I cannot learn to throw straight. I failed, but I think the good intention pleased him. They are forbidden, and he says I shall come to harm; but so I come to harm through pleasing him why shall I care for that harm? Monday. — This morning I told him my name, hoping it would interest him. But he did not care for it. It is strange. If he should tell me his name, I would care. I think it would be pleasanter in my ears than...
Page 17 - ... thorns between! I learned a lesson; also I made an axiom, all out of my own head — my very first one: The scratched Experiment shuns the thorn. I think it is a very good one for one so young. I followed the other Experiment around, yesterday afternoon, at a distance, to see what it might be for, if I could. But I was not able to make out. I think it is a man. I had never seen a man, but it looked like one, and I feel sure that that is what it is. I realize that I feel more curiosity about it...
Page 39 - I had done that was wrong and how I could mend it and get back his kindness again; but he put me out in the rain, and it was my first sorrow. Sunday. — It is pleasant again, now, and I am happy; but those were heavy days; I do not think of them when I can help it. I tried to get him some of those apples, but I cannot learn to throw straight. I failed, but I think the good intention pleased him. They are forbidden, and he says I shall come to harm; but so I como to harm through pleasing him why...
Page 9 - It should have been fastened better. If we can only get it back again — But of course there is no telling where it went to. And besides, whoever gets it will hide it ; I know it because I would do it myself. I believe I can be honest in all other matters, but I already begin to realize that the core and centre of my nature is love of the beautiful, a passion for the beautiful, and that it would not be safe to trust me with a moon that belonged to another person and that person didn't know I had...
Page 83 - The birds and animals are all friendly to each other, and there are no disputes about anything. They all talk, and they all talk to me, but it must be a foreign language, for I cannot make out a word they say; yet they often understand me when I talk back, particularly the dog and the elephant.

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