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Return of the Native
QUOTATION: The place became full of a watchful intentness now; for when
other things sank brooding to sleep the heath appeared slowly to awake
and listen. Every night its Titanic form seemed to await something; but
it had waited thus, unmoved, during so many centuries, through the crises
of so many things, that it could only be imagined to await one last crisisthe
QUOTATION: He had been a lad of whom something was expected. Beyond this
all had been chaos. That he would be successful in an original way, or
that he would go to the dogs in an original way, seemed equally probable.
The only absolute certainty about him was that he would not stand still
in the circumstances amid which he was born.
QUOTATION: The instincts of merry England lingered on here with exceptional
vitality, and the symbolic customs which tradition has attached to each
season of the year were yet a reality on Egdon. Indeed, the impulses of
all such outlandish hamlets are pagan still: in these spots homage to
nature, self-adoration, frantic gaieties, fragments of Teutonic rites
to divinities whose names are forgotten, seem in some way or other to
have survived mediaeval doctrine.
QUOTATION: A well-proportioned mind is one which shows no particular
bias; one of which we may safely say that it will never cause its owner
to be confined as a madman, tortured as a heretic, or crucified as a blasphemer.
Also, on the other hand, that it will never cause him to be applauded
as a prophet, revered as a priest, or exalted as a king. Its usual blessings
are happiness and mediocrity.
QUOTATION: A whole village-full of sensuous emotion, scattered abroad
all the year long, surged here in a focus for an hour. The forty hearts
of those waving couples were beating as they had not done since, twelve
months before, they had come together in similar jollity. For the time
Paganism was revived in their hearts, the pride of life was all in all,
and they adored none other than themselves.
QUOTATION: Twilight combined with the scenery of Egdon Heath to evolve
a thing majestic without severity, impressive without showiness, emphatic
in its admonitions, grand in its simplicity. The qualifications which
frequently invest the facade of a prison with far more dignity than is
found in the facade of a palace double its size lent to this health a
sublimity in which spots renowned for beauty of the accepted kind are
utterly wanting. Fair prospects wed happily with fair times; but alas,
if times be not fair!