Phyllis; A Novel
General Books LLC, 2009 - 252 pages
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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...us favorably with all the celebrated actors and actresses of her time. Presently we leave the scene of our triumphs and wander into the great cool ball-room, where the decorations of the foregoing evening are still to be seen. Then somebody orders in a piano, and somebody else sits down and begins to play on it, and in another minute or two we are all dancing. "I don't believe poor Mary Hamilton ever had your laughing eyes," says Sir Mark to me during a pause in the dance. "She must have been a sadder, more sedate sort of person altogether. See how differently love works in different people." "You forget she was unhappy in hers. Besides,"--saucily, --" how do you know love has anything to do with my eyes?" "I don't know, of course; am only supposing" "Never suppose. It is foolish, and--fatiguing. Though, now we are on the subject, Monsieur Chastelar, you shall give me your definition of the words! to love.' If we may accept Whyte Melville's opinion of you, you must be a very competent judge." "I have no theory of my own; I am a skeptic on that point. I will give you the orthodox definition if you wish, which everybody--in a novel--is bound to accept. It means, I fancy, to merge your own existence so entirely in that of another as to obliterate oneself and live only for him or her, as the case may be. Also, it would be strictly necessary to feel lost and miserable in the absence of the beloved one. You may call that fatiguing if you please. Do you like the picture? Horrible, isn't it?" "Not only horrible, but impracticable, I should say. I might manage to be supremely happy in the presence of the adored; I do not think I could be ' miserable' exactly in his absence...".
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