The Westminster Review Volume . 152

The Westminster Review Volume . 152

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...the journal of my sad and terrible life. "It is, indeed, only to-day for the first time that paper has been placed at my disposal, paper numbered and paragraphed in order that I might not be able to distract my thoughts while using it. Moreover, what use is it to me? To whom can I give it? What secret have I to confide to this paper? So many questions--so many enigmas! "Up till now I loved the cultivation of reason, I believed in the logic of things and of events. "In short, I believed in human justice. "All that was fantastic and extravagant found difficulty in penetrating niy brain. Alas! how my beliefs have been shattered! Alas! how all my faith, all that my reason cherished, has bean dissipated! What horrible months I have just passed! How many sad months still await mo! "After my iniquitous condemnation, I determined to kill myself. To be condemned for the most infamous crime that a man can commit on the faith of a document unworthy of credit, the handwriting of which was imitated or resembled mine--in this there was enough to drive to desperation a man who places honour above everything. "My dear wife, so devoted, so courageous, made me understand that in this overthrow of my entire being I had not the right to abandon her. I told her that she spoke truly, that there my duty lay. But at first I was afraid--yes, afraid of the horrible moral sufferings I would have to endure. Physically, I felt myself strong; my conscience, clear and pure, endowed me with superhuman strength; the moral and physical tortures have been even more terrible than what I expected, and to-day I am broken both in body and soul. "However, I have yielded to the importunities of my wife--I have had the courage to live. I have, to begin...show more

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236486625
  • 9781236486622