The Voyage Out

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George H. Doran Company, 1920 - English fiction - 375 pages
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Using an ocean voyage as the setting, this novel shows people's lack of understanding of each other.

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Page 327 - Sabrina fair, Listen where thou art sitting Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave, In twisted braids of lilies knitting The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair; Listen for dear honour's sake, Goddess of the silver lake, Listen and save! Listen, and appear to us, In name of great Oceanus, By the earth-shaking Neptune's mace, And Tethys...
Page 110 - I speak as one who plumbs Life's dim profound, One who at length can sound Clear views and certain. But — after love what comes ? A scene that lours, A few sad vacant hours, And then, the Curtain.
Page 58 - He has outsoared the shadow of our night ; Envy and calumny and hate and pain, And that unrest which men miscall delight, Can touch him not and torture not again. From the contagion of the world's slow stain He is secure...
Page 227 - Lord : let them fall away like water that runneth apace ; and when they shoot their arrows, let them be rooted out. 7 Let them consume away like a snail, and be like the untimely fruit of a woman ; and let them not see the sun.
Page 298 - To be flung into the sea, to be washed hither and thither, and driven about the roots of the world — the idea was incoherently delightful. She sprang up and began moving about the room, bending and thrusting aside the chairs and tables as if she were indeed striking through the waters. He watched her with pleasure; she seemed to be cleaving a passage for herself, and dealing triumphantly with the obstacles which would hinder their passage through life.
Page 303 - They stood together in front of the looking-glass, and with a brush tried to make themselves look as if they had been feeling nothing all the morning, neither pain nor happiness. But it chilled them to see themselves in the glass, for instead of being vast and indivisible they were really very small and separate, the size of the glass leaving a large space for the reflection of other things.
Page 37 - It appeared that nobody ever said a thing they meant, or ever talked of a feeling they felt, but that was what music was for. Reality dwelling in what one saw and felt, but did not talk about...
Page 298 - He caught her in his arms as she passed him, and they fought for mastery, imagining a rock, and the sea heaving beneath them. At last she was thrown to the floor, where she lay gasping, and crying for mercy. "I'ma mermaid! I can swim," she cried, "so the game's up.
Page 174 - The northern countries of Europe scarcely deserved the expense and labour of conquest. The forests and morasses of Germany were filled with a hardy race of barbarians, who despised life when it was separated from freedom; and though, on the first attack, they seemed to yield to the weight of the Roman power, they soon, by a signal act of despair, regained their independence, and reminded Augustus of the vicissitude of fortune.
Page 353 - It seemed to him that their complete union and happiness filled the room with rings eddying more and more widely. He had no wish in the world left unfulfilled. They possessed what could never be taken from them.

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