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Esther: A Novel - Chapter 10 Esther: A Novel - Chapter 10

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 10
Chapter XStrong kept his word about amusing the two girls. They were not allowed the time to make themselves unhappy, restless or discontented. This Sunday afternoon he set out with a pair of the fastest horses to be got in the neighborhood, and if these did not go several times over the cliff, it was, as Strong had said, rather their own good sense than their driver's which held them back. Catherine, who sat by Strong's side, made the matter worse by taking the reins, and a more reckless little Amazon never defied men. Even Strong himself at one moment, when... Long Stories - Post by : AndyW - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 1955

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 9 Esther: A Novel - Chapter 9

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 9
Chapter IXAt her usual hour for taking Esther to drive, Mrs. Murray appeared at the house she found Catherine looking as little pleased as though she were ordered to return to her native prairie. "We have sent him off," said she, "and we are clean broke up." The tears were in her eyes as she thus announced the tragedy which had been acted only an hour or two before, but her coolness more than ever won Mrs. Murray's heart. "Tell me all that has happened," said she. "I've told you all I know," replied Catherine. "They had it out here... Long Stories - Post by : AndyW - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 1567

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 8 Esther: A Novel - Chapter 8

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 8
Chapter VIIIMr. Hazard was not happy. Like Esther he felt himself getting into a state of mind that threatened to break his spirit. He had been used to ordering matters much as he pleased. His parish at Cincinnati, being his creation, had been managed by him as though he owned it, but at St. John's he found himself less free, and was conscious of incessant criticism. He had been now some months in his new pulpit; his popular success had been marked; St. John's was overflowing with a transient audience, like a theater, to the disgust of regular pew-owners; his personal... Long Stories - Post by : AndyW - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 3018

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 7 Esther: A Novel - Chapter 7

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 7
Chapter VIIThe instant Esther felt herself really loved, she met her fate as women will when the shock is once over. Hazard had wanted her to love him, had pursued and caught her. Now when she turned to him and answered his call, she seemed to take possession of him and lift him up. By the time he left her house this Saturday evening, he felt that he had found a soul stronger and warmer than his own, and was already a little afraid of it. Every man who has at last succeeded, after long effort, in calling up the divinity... Long Stories - Post by : AndyW - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 3423

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 3 Esther: A Novel - Chapter 3

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 3
Chapter IIIOnce a week, if she could, Esther passed an hour or two with the children at the hospital. This building had accommodations for some twenty-five or thirty small patients, and as it was a private affair, the ladies managed it to please themselves. The children were given all the sunlight that could be got into their rooms and all the toys and playthings they could profitably destroy. As the doctors said that, with most of them, amusement was all they would ever get out of life, an attempt was made to amuse them. One large room was fitted up for... Long Stories - Post by : AndyW - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 3362

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 2 Esther: A Novel - Chapter 2

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 2
Chapter IIPunctually the next day at three o'clock, Esther Dudley appeared in her aunt's drawing-room where she found half a dozen ladies chatting, or looking at Mr. Murray's pictures in the front parlor. The lady of the house sat in an arm-chair before the fire in an inner room, talking with two other ladies of the board, one of whom, with an aggressive and superior manner, seemed finding fault with every thing except the Middle Ages and Pericles. "A tailor who builds a palace to live in," said she, "is a vulgar tailor, and an artist who paints the tailor and... Long Stories - Post by : AndyW - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 2627

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 1 Esther: A Novel - Chapter 1

Esther: A Novel - Chapter 1
Chapter IThe new church of St. John's, on Fifth Avenue, was thronged the morning of the last Sunday of October, in the year 1880. Sitting in the gallery, beneath the unfinished frescoes, and looking down the nave, one caught an effect of autumn gardens, a suggestion of chrysanthemums and geraniums, or of October woods, dashed with scarlet oaks and yellow maples. As a display of austerity the show was a failure, but if cheerful content and innocent adornment please the Author of the lilies and roses, there was reason to hope that this first service at St. John's found favor in... Long Stories - Post by : AndyW - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 1442

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 16. Saint Thomas Aquinas Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 16. Saint Thomas Aquinas

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 16. Saint Thomas Aquinas
CHAPTER XVI. SAINT THOMAS AQUINASLong before Saint Francis's death, in 1226, the French mystics had exhausted their energies and the siecle had taken new heart. Society could not remain forever balancing between thought and act. A few gifted natures could absorb themselves in the absolute, but the rest lived for the day, and needed shelter and safety. So the Church bent again to its task, and bade the Spaniard Dominic arm new levies with the best weapons of science, and flaunt the name of Aristotle on the Church banners along with that of Saint Augustine. The year 1215, which happened to... Nonfictions - Post by : texasrolex - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 3528

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 15. The Mystics Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 15. The Mystics

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 15. The Mystics
CHAPTER XV. THE MYSTICSThe schoolmen of the twelfth century thought they could reach God by reason; the Council of Sens, guided by Saint Bernard, replied that the effort was futile and likely to be mischievous. The council made little pretence of knowing or caring what method Abelard followed; they condemned any effort at all on that line; and no sooner had Bernard silenced the Abbot of Saint-Gildas for innovation than he turned about and silenced the Bishop of Poitiers for conservatism. Neither in the twelfth nor in any other century could three men have understood alike the meaning of Gilbert de... Nonfictions - Post by : Triple7cont - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 3347

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 14. Abelard Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 14. Abelard

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 14. Abelard
CHAPTER XIV. ABELARDSuper cuncta, subter cuncta, Extra cuncta, intra cuncta, Intra cuncta nec inclusus, Extra cuncta nec exclusus, Super cuncta nec elatus, Subter cuncta nec substratus, Super totus, praesidendo, Subter totus, sustinendo, Extra totus, complectendo, Intra totus est, implendo.According to Hildebert, Bishop of Le Mans and Archbishop of Tours, these verses describe God. Hildebert was the first poet of his time; no small merit, since he was contemporary with the "Chanson de Roland" and the first crusade; he was also a strong man, since he was able, as Bishop of Le Mans, to gain great credit by maintaining himself against William... Nonfictions - Post by : anonym2006 - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 794

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 13. Les Miracles De Notre Dame Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 13. Les Miracles De Notre Dame

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 13. Les Miracles De Notre Dame
CHAPTER XIII. LES MIRACLES DE NOTRE DAMEVergine Madre, figlia del tuo figlio, Umile ed alta piu che creatura, Termine fisso d'eterno consiglio, Tu sei colei che l'umana natura Nobilitasti si, che il suo fattore Non disdegno di farsi sua fattura.... La tua benignita non pur soccorre A chi dimanda, ma molte fiate Liberamente al dimandar precorre. In te misericordia, in te pietate, In te magnificenza, in te s'aduna Quantunque in creatura e di bontate.Vergine bella, che di sol vestita, Coronata di stelle, al sommo sole Piacesti si che'n te sua luce ascose; Amor mi spinge a dir di te parole; Ma... Nonfictions - Post by : krellum - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 2153

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 12. Nicolette And Marion Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 12. Nicolette And Marion

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 12. Nicolette And Marion
CHAPTER XII. NICOLETTE AND MARIONC'est d'Aucassins et de Nicolete. Qui vauroit bons vers oir Del deport du viel caitiff De deus biax enfans petis Nicolete et Aucassins; Des grans paines qu'il soufri Et des proueces qu'il fist For s'amie o le cler vis. Dox est li cans biax est li dis Et cortois et bien asis. Nus hom n'est si esbahis Tant dolans ni entrepris De grant mal amaladis Se il l'oit ne soit garis Et de joie resbaudis Tant par est dou-ce.This is of Aucassins and Nicolette.Whom would a good ballad please By the captive from o'er-seas, A... Nonfictions - Post by : CareyInternet - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 1205

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 11. The Three Queens Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 11. The Three Queens

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 11. The Three Queens
CHAPTER XI. THE THREE QUEENSAfter worshipping at the shrines of Saint Michael on his Mount and of the Virgin at Chartres, one may wander far and wide over France, and seldom feel lost; all later Gothic art comes naturally, and no new thought disturbs the perfected form. Yet tourists of English blood and American training are seldom or never quite at home there. Commonly they feel it only as a stage-decoration. The twelfth and thirteenth centuries, studied in the pure light of political economy, are insane. The scientific mind is atrophied, and suffers under inherited cerebral weakness, when it comes in... Nonfictions - Post by : Don_Stone - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 2442

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 10. The Court Of The Queen Of Heaven Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 10. The Court Of The Queen Of Heaven

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 10. The Court Of The Queen Of Heaven
CHAPTER X. THE COURT OF THE QUEEN OF HEAVENAll artists love the sanctuary of the Christian Church, and all tourists love the rest. The reason becomes clear as one leaves the choir, and goes back to the broad, open hall of the nave. The choir was made not for the pilgrim but for the deity, and is as old as Adam, or perhaps older; at all events old enough to have existed in complete artistic and theological form, with the whole mystery of the Trinity, the Mother and Child, and even the Cross, thousands of years before Christ was born; but... Nonfictions - Post by : wf2003 - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 866

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 9. The Legendary Windows Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 9. The Legendary Windows

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 9. The Legendary Windows
CHAPTER IX. THE LEGENDARY WINDOWSOne's first visit to a great cathedral is like one's first visit to the British Museum; the only intelligent idea is to follow the order of time, but the museum is a chaos in time, and the cathedral is generally all of one and the same time. At Chartres, after finishing with the twelfth century, everything is of the thirteenth. To catch even an order in time, one must first know what part of the thirteenth-century church was oldest. The books say it was the choir. After the fire of 1194, the pilgrims used the great crypt... Nonfictions - Post by : Belltower - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 1268

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 8. The Twelfth-Century Glass Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 8. The Twelfth-Century Glass

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 8. The Twelfth-Century Glass
CHAPTER VIII. THE TWELFTH-CENTURY GLASSAt last we are face to face with the crowning glory of Chartres. Other churches have glass,--quantities of it, and very fine,--but we have been trying to catch a glimpse of the glory which stands behind the glass of Chartres, and gives it quality and feeling of its own. For once the architect is useless and his explanations are pitiable; the painter helps still less; and the decorator, unless he works in glass, is the poorest guide of all, while, if he works in glass, he is sure to lead wrong; and all of them may toil... Nonfictions - Post by : tano20 - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 2471

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 7. Roses And Apses Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 7. Roses And Apses

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 7. Roses And Apses
CHAPTER VII. ROSES AND APSESLike all great churches, that are not mere storehouses of theology, Chartres expressed, besides whatever else it meant, an emotion, the deepest man ever felt,--the struggle of his own littleness to grasp the infinite. You may, if you like, figure in it a mathematic formula of infinity,--the broken arch, our finite idea of space; the spire, pointing, with its converging lines, to unity beyond space; the sleepless, restless thrust of the vaults, telling the unsatisfied, incomplete, overstrained effort of man to rival the energy, intelligence, and purpose of God. Thomas Aquinas and the schoolmen tried to put... Nonfictions - Post by : marketing - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 968

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 6. The Virgin Of Chartres Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 6. The Virgin Of Chartres

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 6. The Virgin Of Chartres
CHAPTER VI. THE VIRGIN OF CHARTRESWe must take ten minutes to accustom our eyes to the light, and we had better use them to seek the reason why we come to Chartres rather than to Rheims or Amiens or Bourges, for the cathedral that fills our ideal. The truth is, there are several reasons; there generally are, for doing the things we like; and after you have studied Chartres to the ground, and got your reasons settled, you will never find an antiquarian to agree with you; the architects will probably listen to you with contempt; and even these excellent priests,... Nonfictions - Post by : The_Castigator - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 2273

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 5. Towers And Portals Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 5. Towers And Portals

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 5. Towers And Portals
CHAPTER V. TOWERS AND PORTALSFor a first visit to Chartres, choose some pleasant morning when the lights are soft, for one wants to be welcome, and the cathedral has moods, at times severe. At best, the Beauce is a country none too gay. The first glimpse that is caught, and the first that was meant to be caught, is that of the two spires. With all the education that Normandy and the Ile de France can give, one is still ignorant. The spire is the simplest part of the Romanesque or Gothic architecture, and needs least study in order to be... Nonfictions - Post by : oukhanova - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 1381

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 4. Normandy And The Ile De France Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 4. Normandy And The Ile De France

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres - Chapter 4. Normandy And The Ile De France
CHAPTER IV. NORMANDY AND THE ILE DE FRANCEFrom Mont-Saint-Michel, the architectural road leads across Normandy, up the Seine to Paris, and not directly through Chartres, which lies a little to the south. In the empire of architecture, Normandy was one kingdom, Brittany another; the Ile de France, with Paris, was a third; Touraine and the valley of the Loire were a fourth and in the centre, the fighting-ground between them all, lay the counties of Chartres and Dreux. Before going to Chartres one should go up the Seine and down the Loire, from Angers to Le Mans, and so enter Chartres... Nonfictions - Post by : skronda - Date : July 2011 - Author : Henry Adams - Read : 1374