Man, Woman and Child by Minot Judson SavageMan, Woman and Child by Minot Judson Savage

Man, Woman and Child

byMinot Judson Savage

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... WOMAN'S SPHERE. Our metaphorical use of the word " sphere " in this connection is derived from the technical term of the old Ptolemaic astronomers. It was believed, until within a few hundred years, that the earth was the centre of this solar system, and that the sun, moon, planets, and the fixed stars revolved about it. Knowing nothing of the laws of gravitation or the forces which keep the planets in their orbits, they were obliged to frame some artificial scheme by which they could be held in their places, and their motions could be rationally explained. As the result of this, there grew up the belief that, outside the earth and enclosing it, there were nine concentric, translucent, hollow spheres. To one of these crystal spheres was attached the moon; to another, Venus, Mars, the sun; and so on. In the outermost were the fixed stars, and all in the same plane. These spheres revolved about each other, carrying sun, moon, and planets with them. It was from this old idea that sprang the phrase that we hear familiarly used, and that the poets referred to so frequently, "the music of the spheres,"--a music supposed to be produced by this continuous and harmonious revolution. And sometimes, when there was a falling star, such as we observe to-day, knowing that they are meteoric fragments of some larger planet, it was supposed that a star had shot from its sphere. So we find Shakspere, in the " Midsummer-Night's Dream," makes Oberon, the king of the fairies, say,--"And certain stars shot madly from their spheres To hear the sea-maid's music." From this old idea of the spheres has come this modern use of the word. We talk about the sphere of the man, the sphere of the woman, about people getting out of their spheres; and all this presupposes...
Title:Man, Woman and ChildFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021786189X

ISBN - 13:9780217861892