Chautauquan Volume 68

Chautauquan Volume 68

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...I think Thackeray saw how inevitable this is, and determined to make gain of the necessity by "throwing down the bars." Zola would not imitate Thackeray by any means. He simply goes to work to paint his picture, mainly objectively, but if occasion demands, he does not feel himself debarred from comment-From him, too, we get a slight checkering of light with shade. He puts it all in, and, bad as it is, we feel it true and are awed by it. Flaubcrt's cut-to-the-line delineation smacks of artificial concentration. The personality he so carefully hides from us in the letter of his expression yet comes forth in its spirit, and he gives us Emma so devoid of honorable impulse that we have much to do to keep our disgust from overmastering our pity. Our country was not made for hatred. Our genius does not show itself in destroying others, but in absorbing them. Gaul has a good stomach; in the course of twenty centuries she has digested more than one civilization. You do well to fear her, O Germans. As for your race, it must be pure or not pure; but it is not a question of purity which concerns us but of universality. You have an emperor, Great Britain calls itself an empire, but in reality it is our Latin genius which is imperial. = o= France is the great garden of European civilization. Its incomparable charm results less from the fertility of its soil than from the obstinate determination of an indefatigable people who throughout the centuries never have failed to till it, to sow it, and to make it more beautiful. No men in the world are freer than Frenchmen. They have the serenity of the bird who soars in the motionless sky. It is an inexpressible pleasure as if the soul were swimming in infinite air. Air! more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236877365
  • 9781236877369