The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 4

By Edgar Allan Poe

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...THE WORKS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE

IN FIVE VOLUMES

VOLUME FOUR

The Raven Edition


Contents:

...

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...which mathematicians
are, at times, forced to put up with in certain algebraic formulae.
The date, I...

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...little bricks,
red, with black ends, so that the walls look like a chess-board upon a
great...

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...have there fastened by way of a quiz.

The boys themselves are, all three of them,...

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...which the eyes of the old
gentlemen are turned who sit in the leather-bottomed arm-chairs.

The great...

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...descended the hills at a great rate, so that every body had soon
a good look...

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...and
then, lifting up the big fiddle, beat him with it so long and so
soundly, that...

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...smoke.

Meantime the cabbages all turned very red in the face, and it seemed as
if old...

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...This I mastered before I
was breeched.

I now began to feel my way in the science,...

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...Touch-me-Not was
leaning upon the back of her chair.

I approached the artist and turned up my...

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...the frows of Rubens, and
of the waggeries of Jan Steen.

There was the President of the...

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...und Blitzen!"

This was all that could be desired. We exchanged cards. At Chalk-Farm,
the next morning,...

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...did find
himself there, he determined to keep up his character for obst--for
firmness, and remain. So...

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...Mr. John
Smith perceive that he, Bullet-head, could indite, if it so pleased
him, a whole paragraph--aye!...

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...or
frog, come out of a Concord bog. Cool, now--cool! Do be cool, you fool!
None of...

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...Mus
go in to-night, you know--else there'll be the d-l to pay, and-'

'And not a bit...

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...yxu're nx hxmx--nx! Yxu're xnly a fxwl, an xwl; a cxw, a
sxw; a dxll, a...

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...ero.

...

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...of horses, and of hunting,
that neither bodily infirmity, great age, nor mental incapacity,
prevented his daily...

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...of an unreal dance to the strains of imaginary melody.

But as the Baron listened, or...

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...horse.

"Whose horse? Where did you get him?" demanded the youth, in a
querulous and husky tone...

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...as, after the departure of the
page, the huge steed which that nobleman had adopted as...

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...a too haughty
idea of self-consequence and dignity. Others again (among them may be
mentioned the family...

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...on the part of
the young nobleman for the fiery qualities of his horse; at least,...

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...glare
of preternatural light; while a cloud of smoke settled heavily over the
battlements in the distinct...

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...by name, shook him cordially by the hand,
and begged him to alight. It was Monsieur...

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...my family--my niece, and a most
accomplished woman."

"I beg a thousand pardons for the suspicion," I...

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...a chicken. In this manner a little
corn and gravel were made to perform wonders."

"But was...

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...To a
sensitive mind there is always more or less of the shocking in such
exhibitions; and...

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...itself, a wing of the chateau, and thus the windows
were on three sides of the...

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...Britannia--ware
tea-pot, and was careful to polish himself every morning with buckskin
and whiting."

"And then," said a...

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...people of the province. I will have none of their rabbit
au-chat--and, for the matter of...

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...that he was a pumpkin. He persecuted
the cook to make him up into pies--a thing...

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...prodigious effect--so--so--and, as for her crow, it
was delicious!

Cock-a-doodle-doo!--cock-a-doodle-doo!--cock-a-doodle-de-doo
dooo-do-o-o-o-o-o-o!"

"Madame Joyeuse, I will thank you to behave...

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...when, of course, some little danger is to be
apprehended."

"And how many have you in charge?"

"At...

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...this Clos de Vougeot is a little heady, you know--a
little strong--you understand, eh?"

"To be sure,"...

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...opinion
as well as in that of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, it is never safe...

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...of a very
stupid-looking young gentleman of whom he had no reason to be afraid. He
let...

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...was a very capital one, if it could
only have been heard. At the same moment,...

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...pumped on them daily.
At length, one escaping through a sewer, gave freedom to all the...

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...that
sometimes--but he's deep.) We all sign the initials of the society after
our names, in the...

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...goes properly about it. Of course I don't speak of
the political articles. Everybody knows how...

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...study, yet perhaps
I may as well call your attention to a few cases. Let me...

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...get stuck fast in a chimney, you will have to be
contented with simply imagining some...

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...little reading of the 'Dial' will
carry you a great way. Eschew, in this case, big...

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...give
the thing with a downright improviso air.

"Again. 'The river Alpheus passed beneath the sea, and...

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...Ariosto. It means that a great hero,
in the heat of combat, not perceiving that he...

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...Just
twig that Tau! In short, there is nothing like Greek for a genuine
sensation-paper. In the...

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...was not, however, until late in the afternoon that
I fully succeeded in my arduous undertaking....

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...arm. He was three feet in height (I like to be
particular) and about seventy, or...

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...would never have an end. Round! Yes, they went
round and up, and round and up...

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...consequence was inevitable. He fell forward, and, with
his accursed head, striking me full in the--in...

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...possible upon his shoulders. I told him I would
be tender of his feelings--ossi tender que...

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...my feet, and that Diana was sitting, according
to my explicit directions, upon her hind legs,...

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...to my satisfaction. She was evidently a lady of breeding. None
of your swaggerers, and nothing...

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...that in a few minutes, at farthest,
I should be relieved from my disagreeable situation. And...

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...shaggy-haired Diana. Alas!
what a horrible vision affronted my eyes? Was that a rat I saw...

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...began to exercise over the
habits, manners, persons, purses, and propensities of the whole
community which surrounded...

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...in spite, and
partly in consequence of the laudable efforts he was making for their
prevention, and...

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...even myself, who well knew him to be
at heart a ridiculer of those very points...

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...gentleman."

As Hermann completed this equivocal sentence, all eyes were turned upon
the Baron. He became pale,...

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...not knowing precisely what to
make of so ridiculous a piece of business.

The duellist accepted my...

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...Hermann.

SIR,--Through our common friend, Mr. P., I have received your note of
this evening. Upon due...

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...me a chapter aloud.
To my surprise, what he read proved to be a most horribly...

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...I am not to be bothered by any similar query. Man
is an animal that diddles,...

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...He is never
put out--unless put out of doors. He is cool--cool as a cucumber. He
is...

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...servant is sent to make inquiry about the delay. The whole transaction
is denied. No sofa...

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...Glad to get off so easily,
and confused by a hundred duties pressing upon him all...

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...a "counterfeit presentment,"
and the whole thing a capital diddle.

A bold diddle is this. A camp-meeting,...

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...performing the insult, and who had then to stand still and be
thrashed for performing it.

Rather...

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...the reward, pockets the
treasure and decamps.

Quite an analogous diddle is this. A lady of ton...

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...and who are noted
for giving away guineas, in charity, with the one hand, while, in...

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...to
the office of Messrs. Bogs, Hogs, Logs, Frogs, and Company, some fifteen
or twenty young gentlemen...

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...a
syllable, conceived the possibility of its being Chinese, and so re-read
it from the end to...

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..."you mus pe so
dronk as de pig, den, for not zee me as I zit...

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...arisen. I was utterly astounded; and, for a moment, was quite at a
loss what to...

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...regained sufficient temper to listen to his very extraordinary
discourse. I cannot pretend to recount all...

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...at
length a second time awoke, when, to my utter amazement, it _still_
wanted twenty-seven minutes of...

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...a huge hog, about whose rotund stomach, and indeed about
whose whole air and physiognomy, there...

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...time to die, (since fortune had so determined
to persecute me,) and accordingly made my way...

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...pe do dare?"

To this piece of impudence, cruelty and affectation, I could reply only
by ejaculating...

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...very thoroughly stunned me,)
I found it about four o'clock in the morning. I lay outstretched...

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...ready your spectacles and make up your mind to be annoyed. I mean to
write at...

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...Indian rubber
or rubber of twist, and was no doubt one of the numerous fungi. Never
tell...

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...upon mankind? Is it not really
difficult to comprehend upon what principle of interest our forefathers
acted?...

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...analyzing, and classifying facts-instantiae naturae, as they
were affectedly called--into general laws. Aries Tottle's mode, in...

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...they
proceeded on the path of the Ram, their course was scarcely as straight
as a ram's...

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...be received as a criterion of axiomatic truth."

Now I do not complain of these ancients...

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...and an unquestionable
truth.

April 4.--The new gas is doing wonders, in conjunction with the new
improvement with...

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...they existed in a sort of
every-man-for-himself confederacy, after the fashion of the "prairie
dogs" that we...

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...degree, looking
very much as our sun does to the naked eye on a misty day....

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...which alone
we have any right to entertain in respect to those Titanic circles with
which we...

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...varies materially. The entire
area (so Pundit says) was, about eight hundred years ago, densely packed
with...

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...The papers thrown on board our balloon are filled with
fac-similes of the coins, MSS., typography,...

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...why,
"of Lord Cornwallis." The only question is what could the savages
wish him surrendered for. But...

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...have
sinned--c'est vrai--but, my good sir, consider!--you have no actual
intention of putting such--such barbarous threats into...

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...De L'Omelette pressed his hand upon his
heart, closed his eyes, raised them, and caught his...

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...play. The Duc counts. The hand is out. His Majesty counts heavily,
smiles, and is taking...

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...distinctly that no servant was to come with the
party, although, in fact, it had been...

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...been closely veiled; and when she raised her veil, in
acknowledging my bow, I confess that...

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...quiz him well, now and hereafter.

One thing, however, annoyed me not a little. The box...

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...dollar nor had any
expectations from any source whatever. "He had married," he said, "for
love, and...

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...knowingly,
winked, and touched him gently with my forefinger in the ribs.

The manner in which Wyatt...

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...Well, during two
nights (not consecutive) while I lay awake, I clearly saw Mrs. W., about
eleven...

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...the oblong box, and force the nails into their old
places by means of the muffled...

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...a full moon--a piece of good fortune which served
wonderfully to cheer our drooping spirits.

After incredible...

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...We made a determined effort to put back, but our little boat
was like a feather...

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...so openly was well known. Nine-tenths of the passengers would have
abandoned the ship rather than...

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...I speak could bona fide and
actually happen! Imagine--that is if you have a fanciful turn--imagine,
I...

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...upon
the rug, and the very water dog wheezed assiduously under the table,
each taking to itself...

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...endeavor to conceal my unhappy calamity--a
calamity calculated, even more than beggary, to estrange the affections
of...

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...our approach to the
outskirts of the city, my tormentor, arising and adjusting his
shirt-collar, thanked me...

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...apothecary, who is really a man of information, performed
several curious experiments, in which, from my...

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...sixth infantry, who were drunk.

As ill-luck would have it, I alit upon my feet within...

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...corpse, it was ordered that I should be interred in a public
vault.

Here, after due interval,...

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...earthly commiseration. Who indeed would
think of compassioning a shadow? Besides, has he not had his...

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...place, and
circumstances rendered it a matter beyond question. I did not at
least during the long...

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...very true--much new light might be
thrown upon a highly interesting branch of physical philosophy.

To all...

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...part, with a degree of anxious embarrassment which
operated to prevent any definite impressions of either...

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...was just that due gentle prominence in the rear of the
_fibula_ which goes to the...

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...aforesaid, my interest had
been greatly excited in the hero of the Bugaboo and Kickapoo campaign.

However,...

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...not only in the pew, but
by the side, of that worthy and communicative little friend...

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...we
live in a wonderfully inventive age!--Smith!--O yes! great man!--perfect
desperado--immortal renown--prodigies of valor! _Never heard!_" [This
was...

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...toes! I really am ashamed of you--man of great courage,
poor fellow!--but this is a wonderful...

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...upon the General himself,
and demand, in explicit terms, a solution of this abominable piece of
mystery....

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...for a
bosom you will have to go to Ducrow."

"Bosom!" said I.

"Pompey, will you _never_ be...

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...used up_.




THE BUSINESS MAN

Method is the soul of business.--OLD SAYING.

I...

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...a genius, and then, according to the rule-of-three, he's an ass.

Now I am not in...

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...fairly eighteen, found
myself doing an extensive and profitable business in the Tailor's
Walking-Advertisement line.

I was enabled...

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...for that dickey. It was one of the cleanest and
prettiest little dickeys I ever saw;...

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...thing--this very thing! I did
not reply to their absurd proposition, of course; but I felt...

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...Neck dislocated, and right leg capitally
splintered. Went home in high glee, drank a bottle of...

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...I never met with any attempt at
imposition. I wouldn't have put up with it, if...

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...part, I found the
necessary outlay of capital too great to permit of my "going on"...

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...the governor had signed the bill, I invested my whole estate
in the purchase of Toms...

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...a species, we have in our possession the as yet unwrought elements
of Content,--and that even...

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...remote province, one Mr. Seabright Ellison. This
gentlemen had amassed a princely fortune, and, having no...

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...perceive that he had long made up his
mind upon a topic which had occasioned so...

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...blindly neglected. No definition
had spoken of the Landscape-Gardener, as of the poet; yet my friend
could...

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...critic true; and, having felt its truth here,
it is but the headlong spirit of generalization...

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...he writes, "but two styles of
landscape-gardening, the natural and the artificial. One seeks to
recall the...

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...breathes and flames
in invention or creation, can be apprehended solely in its results. Rule
applies but...

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...emanation of God,
but which still is Nature, in the sense that it is the handiwork...

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...and still closely along
the edge of the table. In this way the coach proceeded until...

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...acted upon the
machinery, so as to produce the proper answers to the questions which
they contained,...

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...imagined to be otherwise
than finite and determinate. But the case is widely different with the
Chess-Player....

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...Chess-Player for the benefit of
such of our readers as may never have had an opportunity...

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...a pipe. A green drapery conceals the back of the Turk, and falls
partially over the...

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...cloth and contains no machinery whatever
beyond two pieces of steel, quadrant-shaped, and situated one in...

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...drawer, and, finally,
winds up the machine, by applying a key to an aperture in the...

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...move should have been made, the arm returns to its cushion,
and Maelzel performs the evolution...

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...dwarf actuated the machine. This dwarf he
supposed to conceal himself during the opening of the...

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...in
the Letters on Natural Magic, it is quite impossible to arrive at any
distinct conclusion in...

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...how its operations are effected,
and afterwards describe, as briefly as possible, the nature of the
_observations...

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...dark as to
defy scrutiny. The drawer is now opened, and the legs of the person
within...

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...will now be readily comprehended that this point is a matter
of no importance, since, by...

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...board of the
antagonist, 3--that its movements are not regulated by the mind of
Maelzel, whose back...

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...the
whole machine was moving on the castors, it appeared to us that certain
portions of the...

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...that these wooden automata were
not living creatures. We cannot, therefore, doubt Mr. Maelzel's ability,
and we...

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...exhibiting the interior of the box, Maelzel has thrown open
the door No. I, and also...

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...height of the
drawer also will be misconceived by those who examine it in a cursory
manner....

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...1--he never opens
the main compartment without first pulling out the drawer--he never
shuts the drawer without...

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...was in possession of Baron Kempelen, it was
more than once observed, first, that an Italian...

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...and left arms. Reflecting upon this latter fact, we naturally
refer the incongruity noticeable in the...

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...by the continuous golden walls of the
universe?--the walls of the myriads of the shining bodies...

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...were dwellers on the earth, and, in so doing, gave vibration
to the atmosphere which engirdled...

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...alone--but in every variety of degree, short of
the absolute perfection, is the power itself exercised...

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...unto it "thus
far, and no farther!" That earnest mutual love, my own Monos, which
burned within...

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...the tree of knowledge, and of its forbidden
fruit, death-producing, a distinct intimation that knowledge was...

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...Alas
for the which he justly regarded as an all-sufficient education for the
soul! Alas for him...

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...a century still.

_Monos._ Say, rather, a point in the vague infinity. Unquestionably, it
was in the...

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...I say with a sensual delight. All my perceptions were
purely sensual. The materials furnished the...

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...to your earnest love and sorrow; but this feeling took
no root in the pulseless heart,...

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...stricken with the hand of the deadly
Decay.

Yet had not all of sentience departed; for the...

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...CONVERSATION OF EIROS AND CHARMION

I will bring fire to thee.

...

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...tell you, my friend, that, even when you
left us, men had agreed to understand those...

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...nature.
Even the grossly ignorant aroused their sluggish capacities to such
considerations. The learned now gave their...

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...A very few days
sufficed, however, to merge even such feelings in sentiments
more unendurable We could...

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...the fiery and horror-inspiring denunciations of the
prophecies of the Holy Book.

Why need I paint, Charmion,...

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...red ring of the terrible Saturnus. The peculiar spirit of the
skies, if I mistake not...

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...with a loud and sonorous voice the songs of the son of
Teios. But gradually my...