The Living Age Volume 179

The Living Age Volume 179

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...stream of masculine influence from his earliest years we can understand the essentially virile tone of Montaigne's mind--virile in that it could remain forever in suspense, and did not need the consolation, the support of a proved certainty, as with the weaker sort--virile in that it was sufficient for itself, and could abjure the evil and cling fast to the good by its own strength only. The boy s first love in books was Ovid--devoured when he was eight years old. This supplied the imaginative element which all healthy childhood wants. The romances proper to the time--Lancelot du Lac, Amadis, Huon de Bordeaux, "et tels fatras de livres a quoy l'enfance s'amuse "--he did not know even by name, "ni ne foys encores le corps," he says emphatically, so exact was the mental discipline in which he was trained. From Ovid he went to Virgil; then to Terence and Plautus; and so to the Italian comedies--always lured farther and farther by the delightfulness of the subject. His tutor was a man of discernment, he says, and knew how to attract his intellect and make it overcome the difficulties of an indolent nature. "S'il eust este' si fol de rompre ce train, i'estime que ie n'eusse rapporte"du college que lahaine des livres, comme faict quasi toute nostre noblesse." This recalls the memoirs of the rector of Lincoln, and the contempt expressed by his aristocratic young friend for the "sapping " of a man of high social position. Montaigne's hatred of all forms of falsehood, so often and so strongly expressed, is due also in part to his early training, if part perhaps comes from heredity. He makes great account of first impressions; and our own old proverb, "As the twig is bent the tree's inclined, ..".show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,148g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123695369X
  • 9781236953698