La Comedie Humaine Volume N . 38

La Comedie Humaine Volume N . 38

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: them in their essence. The benefits of this magnificent period of his mind's training, which come to other men only as the result of long study, fell to Louis during his bodily childhood, --a happy childhood, colored with the studious felicities of a poem. The limit which most brains attain was the point of departure from which his was one day to start in search of new regions of intelligence. He thus created for himself, without as yet knowing what he did, the most exacting of lives, and the most insatiable. Merely to exist, he was forced to throw incessant nourishment into the gulf he had opened within him. Like certain beings of the mundane regions, he was liable to perish for want of nutriment to intemperate and balked appetites. Was it not, in fact, a debauchery of the soul, which might bring it, like certain bodies saturated with alcohol, to spontaneous combustion? This earliest mental phase I knew nothing of. Not until the present day have I explained to myself its amazing fructifications and results. Lambert was then thirteen years old. I was fortunate enough to be with him in the first years of the second stage, during which Lambert (and it may have been this that saved him) endured all the wretchedness of school life and expended the superabundance of his thought. After passing from things to their simplest terms, from words to their ideal substance, from that substance to principles, --in short, after abstracting all, he still aspired, as a necessity of life, to other intellectual creations. Subdued by his college sufferings and by the crises of his physical life, he continued meditative, divined feelings, foresaw new sciences and vast masses of ideas. Checked in his course, and too feeble as yet to contemplate the more

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  • United States
  • English
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