Knowledge and Life

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byWilliam Arkwright

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... FROM AN OLD DIARY IN the opening days of the year 1889 I found myself at Marsala, a mockoriental sort of place--bearing the same relation to the genuine East as does its wine to sherry. I had just finished a tour through Sicily, and was in quest of a steamer to take me to North Africa. In the hall of the hotel a German was addressing his dried-up wife in a tender guttural, reminiscent of the outpourings of a slender-necked bottle, and I sighed at the thought of such as they being my only fellowguests. But my despondency was premature, for shortly afterwards in strolled an American--debonair, preternaturally knowing as is the habit of his countrymen, and a traveller to the tips of his sensitive fingers. In the circumstances we of course fraternized, and were soon laughing and talking like old friends. |§I shall never forget how he charmed and amused me by his witty sallies, and by the solemnity with which he would introduce the ultra-ludicrous. He had his irrelevant flashes of genuine seriousness too --ah, well! I shall never forget that evening! I remember that he set himself to persuade me that I had hitherto only wandered around, not having so much as touched the hem of oriental truth; to which I retorted that certainly a paradise paint-box had never been included in my luggage, if that were what he meant. "To condense a fact into its smallest possible compass," said he, "is to make it look unnatural as well as inelegant, like your clothes would appear after being crushed in the packing." And he gravely recommended me to close my eyes each day at a fixed hour, imagining myself in the farthest orient; after which discipline, to write down my recollections of the journey through space. This he called the culture of subjective or elsewhere truth. "I...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... FROM AN OLD DIARY IN the opening days of the year 1889 I found myself at Marsala, a mockoriental sort of place--bearing the ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217783767

ISBN - 13:9780217783767

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