After death--what?: Spiritistic phenomena and their interpretation

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Small, Maynard & Company, 1909 - Spiritualism - 364 pages
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Page 193 - Ora, se innanzi a me nulla s' adombra, Non ti maravigliar, piu che de' cieli, Che 1' uno all' altro '1 raggio non ingombra.' " Or as Longfellow renders it : " ' Now if in front of me no shadow fall, Marvel not at it more than at the heavens, Because one ray impedeth not another.' " There is another art-criticism susceptible of practical application. The subject is a portrait of Mary Augusta, Lady Holland...
Page 321 - April (he says), and through the half-open window of his little room there was blowing a 21 smart breeze, when all at once his eyelids drooped, then closed, and it seemed to him that he saw a spectral form approaching him. It is Beelzebub in person. He holds a magic violin in his hands, and the sonata begins. It is a divine adagio, melancholy-sweet, a lament, a dizzy succession of rapid...
Page 114 - ... right and left ; then she passes into a state of ecstasy, exhibiting many of the gestures which are frequent in hysterical fits, such as yawnings, spasmodic laughter, frequent chewing, together with clairvoyance. She comprehends the thought of those present when they do not express it aloud Toward the end of the trance, when the more important phenomena occur, she falls into true convulsions and cries out like a woman who is lying-in, or else falls into a profound sleep, while from the aperture...
Page 126 - ... modified, just as if the space in which the phenomena takes place belonged not to three, but to four dimensions, in which (according to the theory of the mathematicians) the law of gravity and the law of the impenetrability of matter would suddenly fail, and the laws that rule time and space would suddenly cease, so that a body from a far-off point may all at once find itself near by, and you may find a bunch of freshest flowers in your coat-pocket without their showing any trace of being spoiled...
Page 321 - Ne faire un que de tout ce qui vous aime, Regarder ce, joindre mains et prier. Notes sur la Vie, 1890.
Page 34 - Then he, Jacopo, asked him if he had completed his work before passing into the true life, and, if he had done so, what had become of that part of it which was missing, which they none of them had been able to find. To this Dante seemed to answer:
Page 112 - ... insanity. She passes rapidly from joy to grief, has strange 'phobias (for example the fear of staining her hands), is extremely impressionable and subject to dreams, in spite of her mature age. Not rarely she has hallucinations, frequently sees her own ghost. As a child she believed two eyes glared at her behind trees and hedges. When she is in anger, especially when her reputation as a medium is insulted, she is so violent and impulsive as actually to fly at her adversaries and beat them. These...
Page vii - In psychical matters we are very far from having attained scientific certainty. But the spiritistic hypothesis seems to me like a continent incompletely submerged by the ocean, in which are visible in the distance broad islands raised above the general level, and which only in the vision of the scientist are seen to coalesce in one immense and compact body of land, while the shallow mob laughs at the seemingly audacious hypothesis of the geographer.
Page 7 - Aix, and after magnetic treatment was found to have suffered transposition of the sense of hearing to various parts of the body, — the hand, the elbow, the shoulder, and (during her lethargic crisis) the epigastrium, and at the same time acquired greater skill in swimming and horseback riding. The application of gold produced extraordinary energy. Frank (Praxeos Medica, Univ. Torino, 1821) publishes an account of a person named Baerkmann in whom the sense of hearing was transposed to the epigastrium,...
Page 35 - Yes, I finished it;" and then took him, Jacopo, by the hand, and led him into that chamber in which he, Dante, had been accustomed to sleep when he lived in this life, and, touching one of the walls, he said : " What you have sought for so much, is here ;" and at these words both Dante and sleep fled from Jacopo at once.

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