The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 2

By Edgar Allan Poe

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when some expressions at my elbow from among the company, and an
ejaculation evincing utter despair on the part of Glendinning, gave me
to understand that I had effected his total ruin under circumstances
which, rendering him an object for the pity of all, should have
protected him from the ill offices even of a fiend.

What now might have been my conduct it is difficult to say. The pitiable
condition of my dupe had thrown an air of embarrassed gloom over all;
and, for some moments, a profound silence was maintained, during which I
could not help feeling my cheeks tingle with the many burning glances
of scorn or reproach cast upon me by the less abandoned of the party.
I will even own that an intolerable weight of anxiety was for a
brief instant lifted from my bosom by the sudden and extraordinary
interruption which ensued. The wide, heavy folding doors of the
apartment were all at once thrown open, to their full extent, with a
vigorous and rushing impetuosity that extinguished, as if by magic,
every candle in the room. Their light, in dying, enabled us just to
perceive that a stranger had entered, about my own height, and closely
muffled in a cloak. The darkness, however, was now total; and we could
only feel that he was standing in our midst. Before any one of us could
recover from the extreme astonishment into which this rudeness had
thrown all, we heard the voice of the intruder.

"Gentlemen," he said, in a low, distinct, and never-to-be-forgotten
whisper which thrilled to the very marrow of my bones, "Gentlemen, I
make no apology for this behaviour, because in thus behaving, I am
but fulfilling a duty. You are, beyond doubt, uninformed of the true
character of the person who has to-night won at ecarte a large sum
of money from Lord Glendinning. I will therefore put you upon an
expeditious and decisive plan of obtaining this very necessary
information. Please to examine, at your leisure, the inner linings of
the cuff of his left sleeve, and the several little packages which may
be found in the somewhat capacious pockets of his embroidered morning

While he spoke, so profound was the stillness that one might have heard
a pin drop upon the floor. In ceasing, he departed at once, and as
abruptly as he had entered. Can I--shall I describe my sensations?--must
I say that I felt all the horrors of the damned? Most assuredly I had
little time given for reflection. Many hands roughly seized me upon the
spot, and lights were immediately reprocured. A

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"Now I do not quarrel with these ancients," continues the letter-writer, "_so much_ on account of the transparent frivolity of their logic--which, to be plain, was baseless, worthless and fantastic altogether--as on account of their pompous and infatuate proscription of all _other_ roads to Truth than the two narrow and crooked paths--the one of creeping and the other of crawling--to which, in their ignorant perversity, they have dared to confine the Soul--the Soul which loves nothing so well as to soar in those regions of illimitable intuition which are utterly incognizant of '_path_.
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I grasped it with _my soul_--I reached it through mere dint of _intuition_.
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Thus the one quibble, in two processes, by God knows how many philosophers, is made to support now Finity and now Infinity--could it not be brought to support something besides? As for the quibblers--_they_, at least, are insupportable.
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" I mean to assert that the merely _sensitive perception_ of gravity as we experience it on Earth, beguiles mankind into the fancy of _concentralization_ or _especiality_ respecting it--has been continually biasing towards this fancy even the mightiest intellects--perpetually, although imperceptibly, leading them away from the real characteristics of the principle; thus preventing them, up to this date, from ever getting a glimpse of that vital truth which lies in a diametrically opposite direction--behind the principle's _essential_ characteristics--those, _not_ of concentralization or especiality--but of _universality_ and _diffusion_.
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The great mind of Newton, while boldly grasping the Law itself, shrank from the principle of the Law.
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Generalizing yet again, we may say that the diffusion--the scattering--the irradiation, in a word--is _directly_ proportional with the squares of the distances.
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[1] "_Murders in the Rue Morgue_"--p.
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And now, let us see:--Our usual notions of irradiation--in fact _all_ our distinct notions of it--are caught merely from the process as we see it exemplified in _Light_.
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Confining himself to an _obviously limited_ region--that of our solar system with its comparatively immediate vicinity--and _merely_ assuming--that is to say, assuming without any basis whatever, either deductive or inductive--_much_ of what I have been just endeavoring to place upon a more stable basis than assumption; assuming, for example, matter as diffused (without pretending to account for the diffusion) throughout, and somewhat beyond, the space occupied by our system--diffused in a state of heterogeneous nebulosity and obedient to that omniprevalent law of Gravity at whose principle he ventured to make no guess;--assuming all this (which is quite true, although he had no logical right to its assumption) Laplace has shown, dynamically and mathematically, that the results in such case necessarily ensuing, are those and those alone which we find manifested in the actually existing condition of the system itself.
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In other words:--by the time the electric influence (Repulsion) has prepared the surface for rejection, we are to understand that the gravitating influence (Attraction) is precisely ready to.
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Still less, then, can we imagine any two _assemblages_ of such bodies--any two "systems"--as having more than a general resemblance.
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But it interests man chiefly, although less immediately, on account of its being his home; the home of the Earth on which he exists; the home of the Sun about which this Earth revolves; the home of that "system" of orbs of which the Sun is the centre and primary--the Earth one of sixteen secondaries, or planets--the Moon one of seventeen tertiaries, or satellites.
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--To reverse this explanation:--An inhabitant of the Earth, when looking, as we commonly express ourselves, _at_ the Galaxy, is then beholding it in some of the directions of its length--is looking _along_ the lines of the Y--but when, looking out into the general Heaven, he turns his eyes _from_ the Galaxy, he is then surveying it in the direction of the letter's thickness; and on this account the stars seem to him scattered; while, in fact, they are as close together, on an average, as in the mass of the cluster.
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_ The only mode, therefore, in which, under such a state of affairs, we could comprehend the _voids_ which our telescopes find in innumerable directions, would be by supposing the distance of the invisible background so immense that no ray from it has yet been able to reach us at all.
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This line of objects extends at right angles.
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Thought itself cannot pass through this interval more speedily--if, indeed, thought can traverse it at all.
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I quoted, just now, from Sir John Herschell, the following words, used in reference to the clusters:--"On one hand, without a rotary motion and a centrifugal force, it is hardly possible not to regard them as in a state of _progressive collapse_.
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