A Harlot's Progress Volume 2

A Harlot's Progress Volume 2

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... the pressure exerted by social energy on the vortex called Vautrin; to see how far away the rebellious eddy will be carried ere it is lost, and what the end will be of this really diabolical man, human still by the power of loving--so hardly can that heavenly grace perish, even in the most cankered heart. This wretched convict, embodying the poem that has smiled on many a poet's fancy--on Moore, on Lord Byron, on Mathurin, on Canalis--the demon who has drawn an angel down to hell to refresh him with dews stolen from heaven, --this Jacques Collin will be seen, by the reader who has understood that iron soul, to have sacrificed his own life for seven years past. His vast powers, absorbed in Lucien, acted solely for Lucien; he lived in his progress, his loves, his ambitions. To him Lucien was his own soul made visible. It was Trompe-la-Mort who dined with the Grandlieus, stole into ladies' boudoirs, and loved Esther by proxy. In fact, in Lucien he saw Jacques Collin, young, handsome, noble, and rising to the dignity of an ambassador. Trompe-la-Mort had realised the German superstition of a dopptlganger by means of a spiritual paternity, a phenomenon which will be quite intelligible to those women who have ever truly loved, who have felt their soul merge in that of the man they adore, who have lived his life, whether noble or infamous, happy or unhappy, obscure or brilliant; who, in defiance of distance, have felt a pain in their leg if he were wounded in his; who if he fought a duel have been aware of it; and who, to put the matter in a nutshell, did not need to be told he was unfaithful to know it. As he went back to his cell, Jacques Collin said to himself, ' The boy is being examined.' And he shivered--he who thought no more of killing a man than...
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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236642430
  • 9781236642431