Annette, a Tale; With a Memoir of the Author Volume 3

Annette, a Tale; With a Memoir of the Author Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...Brissot's materialism," observed Alphonse. "My young friend," exclaimed Servette, solemnly, "I am standing on the threshold of eternity, and from one in such a situation the language of harshness comes with peculiar impropriety! Let my dying words be those rather of pity than condemnation, and let me exercise towards others the forbearance and charity of which my own frail nature stands so much in need. But to return to my subject. The conversation I allude to has often recurred to me of late, and I am now more than ever persuaded of the justness of the sentiments I then expressed. Yes, Alphonse, despite the sneers of the encyclopaedists, the momentous truth remains untouched, that to have once been is to be for ever. Destruction and renovation are the fixed laws of the moral as of the physical creation; and there is no such thing as the absolute cessation of the principle of life. If it perishes in one form, it is only to be immediately renewed in another. I have been--I am--therefore I must ever be!" " What do you mean by the expression, 'I have been?' " inquired Alphonse. " The subject is a perplexing one," resumed Servette, " and enveloped, doubtless for wise purposes, in mystery; but I will endeavour to make myself understood, though, I fear, the question is rather to be apprehended by the imagination than solved by the understanding. Have you never in the course of your experience, met with a countenance, or heard a voice, which has come upon you with quite a startling effect, as if they were perfectly familiar to you, though you are convinced that such could not possibly have been the ease? Have you never visited a particular spot for the first time, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123677440X
  • 9781236774408