Maria; Or, the Hollanders Volume 1

Maria; Or, the Hollanders Volume 1

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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. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ...the celestial vault. and the rapidity of the' clouds, struck me with a new sensation. The idea of the nothingness of things human came suddeniy upon me, and seized my faculties. Struck, for the first time " with this terrible idea, I thought I had discovered a frightful abyss. " What!" said I, " life is but a shadow; it glides away more rap.idly than the clouds, driven by the tempestuous winds l Every instant, however short soever, carries away a part of our existence; it passes quicker than the' most rapid lightning, for it does' not arrive till after its departure: whatever is its promptitude, time always foreruns it. It is a torrent, which flows incessantly, with a swiftness not to be measured." I felt at this moment an irresistible ihuddering. One day I may lose 118 MARIA; on, you, Hermacintha!--lose my friend Adolphus l--her! in short, all that attaches me to life! What! one day, we must be separated for ever! I should have sunk under this idea, had I not hoped from Providence, that I should at least precede you! I, who had thought life, if not a thing certain, stable, interminable, at least of prodigious length, I discovered, that it is uncertain and fragile! /Vhence came it that I had never before made these reflections-?-that I had wholly forgotten the sad sentence, we must die, -that is, must separate for ever? I am full of inquietude. From that moment I have wanted news of you daily; ifthey f'ail, _,"_ me, I suffer. Whata fearful nothingness is_ _ life! Ah I tell me, did you also experience __. this moment of first reflections? Adolphus does no_t come, and I am alone, my sister. The campaign is about to open: of that Iam glad, for Icannot endure a. residence in great cities. You...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236557794
  • 9781236557797