Buried Alone; A Story

Buried Alone; A Story

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...if it be true, I have not made the most of myself. Sometimes there comes over me a conviction that I too might have shone had I so willed it. But I hasten to fly the thought as I would the sting of an adder. No wonder that you gaze at me. Ah, Lucie, a halfconsciousness that it is so lies painfully upon me. I dare not admit it; I should forfeit my own self-respect, without which a man had better be dead than living." "Nay, sir. Self-respect is a thing you can never lose, for I know you would not deliberately act wrongly. None of us are accountable for mistakes. If there has been any error in the choosing or marking out your career, it must have been owing to some fatal chain of circumstances, whose links were so strongly fitted into each other that you were unable to snap them; they were coiled around you, and kept you down. Without any previous knowledge of your past life I feel sure that I have judged you rightly: mo_re justly, possibly, than you judge yourself." "I would fain think so. Sometimes even I persuade myself into the belief; not often. A man of my nature is sure to think worse of himself than he really deserves; worse of himself than of the world in general. He will lose sight of influences which cramped and 'shackled him, compelling him to act in this way or in that way: he will often lose sight of his own motives, and remember only facts as they actually happened. If I had done this or done the other! he says in remorseful retrospect: the charity that he bestows ungrudgingly upon his fellow-man he withholds from himself. In his darker moods he sees nothing in the past but food for regret and repentance, enough to make him choose for his epitaph the one sad word 'Miserrimus!'..".show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236843991
  • 9781236843999