He not only
shut his mouth and wagged his tail, but absolutely offered me his
paw-afterward extending his civilities to Ponto.
As no bell was discernible, I rapped with my stick against the
door, which stood half open. Instantly a figure advanced to the
threshold--that of a young woman about twenty-eight years of
age--slender, or rather slight, and somewhat above the medium height.
As she approached, with a certain modest decision of step altogether
indescribable. I said to myself, "Surely here I have found the
perfection of natural, in contradistinction from artificial grace." The
second impression which she made on me, but by far the more vivid of
the two, was that of enthusiasm. So intense an expression of romance,
perhaps I should call it, or of unworldliness, as that which gleamed
from her deep-set eyes, had never so sunk into my heart of hearts
before. I know not how it is, but this peculiar expression of the eye,
wreathing itself occasionally into the lips, is the most powerful,
if not absolutely the sole spell, which rivets my interest in woman.
"Romance, provided my readers fully comprehended what I would here imply
by the word--"romance" and "womanliness" seem to me convertible terms:
and, after all, what man truly loves in woman, is simply her womanhood.
The eyes of Annie (I heard some one from the interior call her "Annie,
darling!") were "spiritual grey;" her hair, a light chestnut: this is
all I had time to observe of her.
At her most courteous of invitations, I entered--passing first into a
tolerably wide vestibule. Having come mainly to observe, I took notice
that to my right as I stepped in, was a window, such as those in front
of the house; to the left, a door leading into the principal room;
while, opposite me, an open door enabled me to see a small apartment,
just the size of the vestibule, arranged as a study, and having a large
bow window looking out to the north.
Passing into the parlor, I found myself with Mr. Landor--for this,
I afterwards found, was his name. He was civil, even cordial in his
manner, but just then, I was more intent on observing the arrangements
of the dwelling which had so much interested me, than the personal
appearance of the tenant.
The north wing, I now saw, was a bed-chamber, its door opened into the
parlor. West of this door was a single window, looking toward the brook.
At the west end of the parlor, were a fireplace, and a door leading into
the west wing--probably a kitchen.
Nothing could be more rigorously simple than
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conclusions--the suggestions--the speculations--or, if nothing better offer itself the mere guesses which may result from it--we require something like a mental gyration on the heel.Page 9
' Alas, poor ignorant old man! Could not any metaphysician have told him that what he called 'intuition' was but the conviction resulting from _de_ductions or _in_ductions of which the processes were so shadowy as to have escaped his consciousness, eluded his reason, or bidden defiance to his capacity of expression? How great a pity it is that some 'moral philosopher' had not enlightened him about all this! How it would have comforted him on his death-bed to know that, instead of having gone intuitively and thus unbecomingly, he had, in fact, proceeded decorously and legitimately--that is to say Hog-ishly, or at least Ram-ishly--into the vast halls where lay gleaming, untended, and hitherto untouched by mortal hand--unseen by mortal eye--the imperishable and priceless secrets of the Universe! "Yes, Kepler was essentially a _theorist_; but this title, _now_ of so much sanctity, was, in those ancient days, a designation of supreme contempt.Page 10
This thesis admits a choice between two modes of discussion:--We may _as_cend or _de_scend.Page 13
--In attempting, on the other hand, to frame the idea of a _limited_ space, we merely converse the processes which involve the impossibility.Page 14
_Hitherto_, the Universe of stars has always been considered as coincident with the Universe proper, as I have defined it in the commencement of this Discourse.Page 27
of the treasure:--that he did not find it after all, was, perhaps, because his fairy guide, Imagination, was not sufficiently well-grown, or well-educated, to direct him aright.Page 31
itself upon the first; the number of atoms, in this case as in the former, being of course the measure of the force which emitted them; in other words the force being precisely adapted to the purpose it effects--the force and the number of atoms sent out by the force, being _directly proportional_.Page 33
It is merely the _condition_, and not the point or locality at which this condition took its rise, that these atoms seek to re-establish;--it is merely _that condition which is their normality_, that they desire.Page 39
In other words, exactly as many tendencies to Unity are behind the hesitating atom as before it; for it is a mere sotticism to say that one infinite line is longer or shorter than another infinite line, or that one infinite number is greater or less than another number that is infinite.Page 42
_All_ the fragments having become subject to the rotation described, must, in coalescing, have imparted it to the one planet constituted by their coalescence.Page 46
In this view, the planets, fully formed, are conceived to have been hurled from the Divine hand, to a position in the vicinity of the suns, with an impetus mathematically adapted to the masses, or attractive capacities, of the suns themselves.Page 48
In fact, we should regard all the phaenomena referred to, as mere manifestations, in different moods and degrees, of the Earth's feebly-continued condensation.Page 53
--In a word, should Astronomy ever demonstrate a "nebula," in the sense at present intended, I should consider the Nebular Cosmogony--_not_, indeed, as corroborated by the demonstration--but as thereby irretrievably overthrown.Page 59
Were the succession of stars endless, then the background of the sky would present us an uniform luminosity, like that displayed by the Galaxy--_since there could be absolutely no point, in all that background, at which would not exist a star.Page 63
In guessing with Plato, we spend our time to better purpose, now and then, than in hearkening to a demonstration by Alcmaeon.Page 77
If the propositions of this Discourse are tenable, the "state of progressive collapse" is _precisely_ that state in which alone we are warranted in considering All Things; and, with due humility, let me here confess that, for my part, I am at a loss to conceive how any _other_ understanding of the existing condition of affairs, could ever have made its way into the human brain.Page 87
Irving's New Works_, now nearly ready for the press: including The Life of Mohammed; The Life of Washington; new volumes of Miscellanies, Biographies, &c.Page 88
Professor in South Carolina College, Editor of the Encyclopedia Americana, &c.Page 99