Before the Dawn: A Story of Russian Life

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1901 - Russia - 401 pages

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Page 74 - Ahi quanto a dir qual era, è cosa dura , Questa selva selvaggia ed aspra e forte, Che nel pensier rinnova la paura ! Tanto è amara , che poco è più morte ; Ma per trattar del ben, ch' i' vi trovai, Dirò dell' altre cose ch' io v' ho scorte. l' non so ben ridir com' io v' entrai ; Tant' era pien di sonno in su quel punto, Che la verace via abbandonai.
Page 227 - ... drawing together of isolated peoples — the (be breaks off.) I am boring you. This is my hobby horse, my iron hobby horse. You must not encourage me. SERENA : Please go on, Mr. Diensen. AXEL: You are kind, very kind. SERENA : I am interested. AXEL: That is kinder still. SERENA: Pray continue. AXEL: There is so much that I would like to say to you but my intention falters. SERENA: Why should it? AXEL: I envy your husband his gift of words. To you, whose ears are attuned to so much glittering...
Page 134 - The defect is more positive than that. I was thinking of the lack of a definite view of life, and a definite purpose in it. The trouble with people is that so many of them don't know what they are in the world for, and don't seem to know that they are in it for anything particular.
Page 133 - Our age is full of people with only half aims, half beliefs. They do not want anything Very much, or very strongly. I sometimes think many of them are only half alive.
Page 74 - ... to come : — Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita Mi ritrovai per nna selva oscura, Ch& la diritta via era smarrita.
Page 247 - ... that could not have been attained in any other way. At the end of the three years, Platonov returned to St.

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