The Cornhill Magazine. Vol. XXIII. January to June, 1871

The Cornhill Magazine. Vol. XXIII. January to June, 1871

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... here and there. For why had I shunned him of late? How was it that ho tortured me now? Did I in no degreo participate in the poignant savour of his scheme '? Such questionings sot mo flushing in deadly chills. My brain was weak, my heart exhausted, my body seemed truthful perforee and confessed on the rack. I could not deny that I had partly, insensibly clung to the vain glitter of hereditary distinction, my father's pitfall; taking it for a substantial foothold, when a young man of wit and sensibility and, mark you, true pride, would have made it his first care to trample that under heel. Excellent is pride; but oh I be sure of its foundations before you go on building monument high. I know nothing to equal the anguish of an examination of the basis of one's pride that discovers it not solidly fixed; an imposing, self-imposing structure, piled upon empty cellarage. It will inevitably, like a tree striking bad soil, betray itself at the top with time. And the anguish I speak of will be the Bole healthy sign about you. "Whether in the middle of life it is advisable to descend the pedestal altogether, I dare not say. Few take the pro-caution to build a flight of steps inside--it is not a labour to be proud of; fewer like to let themselves down in the public eye--it amounts to a casti-gation; you must, I fear, remain up there, and accept your chance in toppling over. But in any case, delude yourself as you please, your lofty baldness will assuredly be seen with time. Meanwhile, you cannot escape the internal intimations of your unsoundncss. A man's pride is the front and head-piece of hia character, his soul's support or snare. Look to.it in youth. I have to thank the interminable hours on my wretched sick-bed for a singularly beneficial...show more

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  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 671g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236670612
  • 9781236670618