Selections from de Quincey; Including Joan of Arc, the English Mail Coach, Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow, and Savannah La Mar

Selections from de Quincey; Including Joan of Arc, the English Mail Coach, Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow, and Savannah La Mar

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...of a result, as that actually we find ourselves in York four hours after leaving Lon 15 don. Apart from such an assertion, or such a result, I myself am little aware of the pace. But, seated on the old mail coach, we needed no evidence out of ourselves to indicate the velocity. On this system the word was not magna Zoquimur, as 20 upon railways, but viaimus. Yes, "magna vivimus"; we do not make verbal ostentation of our grandeurs, we realize our grandeurs in act, and in the very experience of life. The vital experience of the glad animal sensibilities made doubts im 25 possible on the question of our speed; we heard our speed, we saw it, we felt it as a thrilling; and this speed was not the product of blind insensate agencies, that had no sympathy to give, but was incarnated in the fiery eyeballs of the noblest s0 among brutes, in his dilated nostril, spasmodic muscles, and thunder-beating hoofs. The sensibility of the horse, uttering itself in the maniac light of his eye, might be the last vibration of such a movement; the glory of Salamanca might be the first. But the intervening links that con-5 nected them, that spread the earthquake of battle into the eyeball of the horse, were the heart of ' man and its electric thrillings--kindling in the rapture of the fiery strife, and then propagating its own tumults by contagious shouts and gestures 10 to the heart of his servant the horse. But now, on the new system of traveling, iron tubes and boilers have disconnected man's heart from the ministers of his locomotion. Nile nor Trafalgar has power to raise an extra bubble in a steam kettle. The 15 galvanic cycle is broken up forever; man's imperial nature no longer sends itself forward through the electric...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886186
  • 9781236886187