The Works of Thomas de Quincey; Last Days of Immanuel Kant and Other Writings Volume 3

The Works of Thomas de Quincey; Last Days of Immanuel Kant and Other Writings Volume 3

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...to his far-off trumpet of resurrection. If this account of the matter be just, and were it not treasonable to insinuate the possibility of an error against so great a swell as Immanuel Kant, one would be inclined to fancy that Mr Kant had really been dozing a little ou this occasion; or, agreeably to his own illustration elsewhere, that he had realised the pleasant picture of one learaed doctor trying to milk a he-goat, whilst another doctor, equally learned, holds the milk-pail below. And there is apparently this two-edged embarrassment pressing upon the case--that, if our dear excellent mother the Earth could be persuaded to tell us her exact age in Julian years, still that would leave us all as much in the dark as ever: since, if the answer were, "Why, children, at my next birth-day I shall count a matter of some million centuries," we should still be at a loss to value her age: would it mean that she was a mere chicken, or that she was "getting up in years 1" On the other hand, if (declining to state any odious circumstantialities) she were to reply, "No matter, children, for my precise years, which are disagreeable remembrances; I confess generally to being a lady of a certain age"--here, in the inverse order, given the valuation of the age, we should yet be at a loss for the absolute years numerically: would a "certain age" mean that "mamma" was a million, or perhaps not much above seventy thousand? "Ganges: "--Dr Nichol calls it by this name for the purpose of expressing its grandeur; and certainly, in breadth, in diffusion at all times, but especially in the rainy season, the Ganges is the supreme river in our British orient. Else, as regards the body of water discharged, the...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 5.59mm | 204.12g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236623126
  • 9781236623126