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Tess of the D'Urbervilles
By Thomas Hardy
QUOTATION: That cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in
the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.
QUOTATION: [T]hat moment of evening when the light and the darkness are
so evenly balanced that the constraint of day and the suspense of night
neutralize each other, leaving absolute mental liberty. It is then that
the plight of being alive becomes attenuated to its least possible dimensions.
QUOTATION: Why it was that upon this beautiful feminine tissue, sensitive
as gossamer, and practically blank as snow as yet, there should have been
traced such a coarse pattern as it was doomed to receive; why so often
the coarse appropriates the finer thus, the wrong man the woman, the wrong
women the man, many years of analytical philosophy have failed to explain
to our sense of order.
QUOTATION: The season developed and matured. Another years installment
of flowers, leaves, nightingales, thrushes, finches, and such ephemeral
creatures, took up their positions where only a year ago others had stood
in their place when these were nothing more than germs and inorganic particles.
Rays from the sunrise drew forth the buds and stretched them into long
stalks, lifted up sap in noiseless streams, opened petals, and sucked
out scents in invisible jets and breathings.
QUOTATION: All these young souls were passengers in the Durbeyfield shipentirely
dependent on the judgment of the two Durbeyfield adults for their pleasures,
their necessities, their health, even their existence. If the heads of
the Durbeyfield household chose to sail into difficulty, disaster, starvation,
disease, degradation, death, thither were these half-dozen little captives
under their hatches compelled to sail with themsix helpless creatures,
who had never been asked if they wished for life on any terms, much less
if they wished for it on such hard conditions as were involved in being
of the shiftless house of Durbeyfield. Some people would like to know
whence the poet whose philosophy is in these days deemed as profound and
trustworthy as his song is breezy and pure, gets his authority for speaking
of Natures holy plan.
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