Memoir of Laurence Oliphant and of Alice Oliphant, His Wife Volume 2

Memoir of Laurence Oliphant and of Alice Oliphant, His Wife 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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...the sentiment which Laurence Oliphant always disavowed--a great sympathy and reverence in the thought that the most strange of wandering peoples (I do not say the most lovable or attractive) may yet be led back, some nucleus and seed of them, to the country that has never yet been restored to its fertility by any other hands. After this failure, which no doubt was a great disappointment to him, Laurence returned to England, and during the greater part of the year, I think, remained here. It was in the early winter that I saw him, as I have already described, and heard those confusing suggestions about the Counterpart in heaven, and the curious string of satirical verses which this very mundane angel, too well acquainted with the devices of society, had, as he thought, communicated to him. The verses were never printed, so far as I know, and it was well that this was the case, A MOMENT OF TROUBLE. 189 for I do not think they would have done the unseen collaboratrice any credit. I believe that his little fictitious liveliness of satisfaction in these apparently quickened relations with the unknown was in reality the mere endeavour of a sanguine and courageous spirit to indemnify itself for the clouds and weariness in which life was being lost. It was a dismal long way from London to the wilds of California, where, separated from him by more than distance, --by the irksome sway of a false obedience, and the sophistry of a spiritual guide whose despotism was becoming insupportable, --his Alice was; and his great scheme had failed; and perhaps the interest which he had hitherto excited on all hands began to fail a little too, or to be mingled with other sentiments, as he lingered about with no longer any scheme in hand, too much perhaps like other men;.show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677013
  • 9781236677013