George Meredith, Novelist, Poet, Reformer

George Meredith, Novelist, Poet, Reformer

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...her to remain unaffected by it. The picture she sketches is of two young and passionate lovers hurled by outraged society into a yet closer embrace, pledged more deeply to one another by the imminent danger of forced severance. They err, and in the world's eyes are ruined; but they make their appeal to the Court of Love, and are able to esteem their gain above their loss--invoke an advocate In passion's purity, thereby redeemed. The Sage, her lover, now become her judge, remains mute and unresponsive. He envelops her in an icy silence that freezes her burning plea; and in her bitterness she sees him as a leader of the male herd stoning the women they abase. But her words reverberate, as it were, in the emptiness, and, hearing them, she recognises their hollowness. She no longer glosses her offence, but grasps at its ugliest, its scriptural, title. Thereupon natural repulsion in her hearer gives place to something higher and nobler--Crimson currents ran From senses up to thoughts, enabling him to realise in the valiancy of this sacrifice for his enlightenment a flower more delicate than any rosebud of guileless maidenhood, and to grasp something of the need of understanding involved in the effort necessary to such a confession. He gave her of the deep well she had sprung; And name it gratitude, the word is poor. But name it gratitude, is aught as rare From sex to sex? And let it have survived Their conflict, comes the peace between the pair, Unknown to thousands husbanded and wived: Unknown to Passion, generous for prey: Unknown to Love, too blissful in a truce. Their tenderest of self did each one slay; His cloak of dignity, her fleur de luce; Her lily flower, and his abolla cloak, Things living, slew they, and no artery bled. A moment of some...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236495780
  • 9781236495785