Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship: A Novel, Volume 1

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Wm. L. Allison, 1855 - 570 pages
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Page 273 - I'll leave you till night; you are welcome to Elsinore. Ros. Good my lord ! [Exeunt Rosencrantz and Giiildenstern. Ham. Ay, so, God be wi' ye :—Now I am alone. O, what a rogue and 'peasant slave am I ! Is it not monstrous that this player here, But in a fiction, in a dream of passion, Could force his soul so to his own conceit That from her working all his visage wann'd ; Tears in his eyes, distraction in 's aspect, A broken voice, and his whole function suiting With forms to his conceit ? and...
Page 291 - Angels and ministers of grace defend us! Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn'd, Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell, Be thy intents wicked or charitable, Thou comest in such a questionable shape That I will speak to thee: I'll call thee Hamlet, King, father, royal Dane: O, answer me!
Page 219 - The time is out of joint : — 0, cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right ! — Nay, come, let 's go together.
Page 219 - A lovely, pure, noble, and highly moral being, without the strength of mind which forms a hero, sinks beneath a load which it cannot bear and must not renounce. He views every duty as holy, but this one is too much for him. He is called upon to do what is impossible; not impossible in itself, but impossible to him. And as he turns and winds and torments himself, still advancing and retreating, ever reminded and remembering his purpose, he almost loses sight of it completely, without ever recovering...
Page 273 - What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba, That he should weep for her? What would he do, Had he the motive and the cue for passion, That I have?
Page 62 - From his heart, its native soil, springs up the lovely flower of wisdom ; and if others, while waking, dream, and are pained with fantastic delusions from their every sense, he passes the dream of life like one awake,. and the strangest of incidents is to him a part both of the past and of the future.
Page 262 - To this is joined my taste for poetry and everything connected therewith, and the necessity of cultivating my mind in rder that I may come to enjoy only the truly good and the truly beautiful. You will at once perceive that the stage alone can supply what I require, and that in no other element can I educate myself according to my wishes. Upon the stage the man of cultivated mind may display his personal accomplishments as effectively as in the upper classes of society, his bodily and mental endowments...
Page 291 - Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell, Be thy intents wicked or charitable, Thou com'st in such a questionable shape, That I will speak to thee: I'll call thee Hamlet, King, father, royal Dane, O, answer me! Let me not burst in ignorance; but tell Why thy canoniz'd bones, hearsed in death, Have burst their cerements?
Page 219 - A shuddering horror seizes him — he speaks to the mysterious form — it beckons to him, he follows and listens. The dreadful accusation of his uncle echoes in his ears, the injunction to revenge, and' the imploring supplication again and again repeated, ' remember me !' " And when the ghost has vanished, whom do we see standing before us ? a young hero panting for revenge...

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