The Works of George Eliot: Felix Holt

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W. Blackwood, 1878

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Page 192 - ... good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Page 76 - And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death...
Page 105 - Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand Henceforward in thy shadow. Nevermore Alone upon the threshold of my door Of individual life, I shall command The uses of my soul, nor lift my hand Serenely in the sunshine as before, Without the sense of that which I forbore — Thy touch upon the palm. The widest land Doom takes to part us, leaves thy heart in mine With pulses that beat double. What I do And what I dream include thee, as the wine Must taste of its own grapes. And when I sue God for myself,...
Page 246 - O loved the most, when most I feel There is a lower and a higher; Known and unknown ; human, divine ; Sweet human hand and lips and eye; Dear heavenly friend that canst not die, Mine, mine, for ever, ever mine; Strange friend, past, present, and to be; Loved deeplier, darklier understood ; Behold, I dream a dream of good, And mingle all the world with thee.
Page 30 - What custom wills, in all things should we do't, The dust on antique time would lie unswept, And mountainous error be too highly heap'd For truth to over-peer, — Rather than fool it so, Let the high office and the honour go To one that would do thus.
Page 338 - A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills : to know that high initiation, she must often tread where it is hard to tread, and feel the chill air, and watch through darkness. It is not true that love makes all things easy: it makes us choose what is difficult.
Page 43 - A woman can hardly ever choose in that way ; she is dependent on what happens to her. She must take meaner things, because only meaner things are within her reach." " Why, can you imagine yourself choosing hardship as the better lot ? " said Felix, looking at her with a sudden question in his eyes. (< Yes, I can," she said, flushing over neck and brow.
Page 165 - I also could speak as ye do, if your soul were in my soul's stead ; I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
Page 90 - That's very fine," said a man, in dirty fustian, with a scornful laugh. " But how are we to get the power without votes ?" " I'll tell you what's the greatest power under heaven," said Felix, " and that is public opinion, the ruling belief in society about what is right and what is wrong, what is honorable and what is shameful.
Page 4 - She looked unusually charming to-day, from the very fact that she was not vividly conscious of anything but of having a mind near her that asked her to be something better than she actually was.

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