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A Mortal Antipathy - XV. DR. BUTTS CALLS ON EUTHYMIA A Mortal Antipathy - XV. DR. BUTTS CALLS ON EUTHYMIA

A Mortal Antipathy - XV. DR. BUTTS CALLS ON EUTHYMIA
XV. DR. BUTTS CALLS ON EUTHYMIAThe doctor was troubled in thinking over his interview with the young lady. She was fully possessed with the idea that she had discovered the secret which had defied the most sagacious heads of the village. It was of no use to oppose her while her mind was in an excited state. But he felt it his duty to guard her against any possible results of indiscretion into which her eagerness and her theory of the equality, almost the identity, of the sexes might betray her. Too much of the woman in a daughter of our... Long Stories - Post by : bigdawg - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2260

A Mortal Antipathy - XIV. MISS VINCENT'S STARTLING DISCOVERY A Mortal Antipathy - XIV. MISS VINCENT'S STARTLING DISCOVERY

A Mortal Antipathy - XIV. MISS VINCENT'S STARTLING DISCOVERY
XIV. MISS VINCENT'S STARTLING DISCOVERYThe sober-minded, sensible, well-instructed Dr. Butts was not a little exercised in mind by the demands made upon his knowledge by his young friend, and for the time being his pupil, Miss Lurida Vincent."I don't wonder they called her The Terror," he said to himself. "She is enough to frighten anybody. She has taken down old books from my shelves that I had almost forgotten the backs of, and as to the medical journals, I believe the girl could index them from memory. She is in pursuit of some special point of knowledge, I feel sure, and... Long Stories - Post by : scottay - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2164

A Mortal Antipathy - XIII. DR. BUTTS READS A PAPER A Mortal Antipathy - XIII. DR. BUTTS READS A PAPER

A Mortal Antipathy - XIII. DR. BUTTS READS A PAPER
XIII. DR. BUTTS READS A PAPER"Next to the interest we take in all that relates to our immortal souls is that which we feel for our mortal bodies. I am afraid my very first statement may be open to criticism. The care of the body is the first thought with a great many,--in fact, with the larger part of the world. They send for the physician first, and not until he gives them up do they commonly call in the clergyman. Even the minister himself is not so very different from other people. We must not blame him if he is... Long Stories - Post by : momsapplepie - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1419

A Mortal Antipathy - XII. MISS VINCENT AS A MEDICAL STUDENT A Mortal Antipathy - XII. MISS VINCENT AS A MEDICAL STUDENT

A Mortal Antipathy - XII. MISS VINCENT AS A MEDICAL STUDENT
XII. MISS VINCENT AS A MEDICAL STUDENTThe young lady whom we have known as The Terror, as Lurida, as Miss Vincent, Secretary of the Pansophian Society, had been reading various works selected for her by Dr. Butts,--works chiefly relating to the nervous system and its different affections. She thought it was about time to talk over the general subject of the medical profession with her new teacher,--if such a self-directing person as Lurida could be said to recognize anybody as teacher.She began at the beginning. "What is the first book you would put in a student's hands, doctor?" she said to... Long Stories - Post by : AMKiller - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 3581

A Mortal Antipathy - XI. THE INTERVIEWER ATTACKS THE SPHINX A Mortal Antipathy - XI. THE INTERVIEWER ATTACKS THE SPHINX

A Mortal Antipathy - XI. THE INTERVIEWER ATTACKS THE SPHINX
XI. THE INTERVIEWER ATTACKS THE SPHINXWhen Miss Euthymia Tower sent her oar off in flashing splinters, as she pulled her last stroke in the boat-race, she did not know what a strain she was putting upon it. She did know that she was doing her best, but how great the force of her best was she was not aware until she saw its effects. Unconsciousness belonged to her robust nature, in all its manifestations. She did not pride herself on her knowledge, nor reproach herself for her ignorance. In every way she formed a striking contrast to her friend, Miss Vincent.... Long Stories - Post by : lazerbri - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2975

A Mortal Antipathy - X. A NEW ARRIVAL A Mortal Antipathy - X. A NEW ARRIVAL

A Mortal Antipathy - X. A NEW ARRIVAL
X. A NEW ARRIVALThere was a recent accession to the transient population of the village which gave rise to some speculation. The new-comer was a young fellow, rather careless in his exterior, but apparently as much at home as if he owned Arrowhead Village and everything in it. He commonly had a cigar in his mouth, carried a pocket pistol, of the non-explosive sort, and a stick with a bulldog's bead for its knob; wore a soft bat, a coarse check suit, a little baggy, and gaiterboots which had been half-soled,--a Bohemian-looking personage, altogether.This individual began making explorations in every direction.... Long Stories - Post by : dteston - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1749

A Mortal Antipathy - IX. THE SOCIETY AND ITS NEW SECRETARY A Mortal Antipathy - IX. THE SOCIETY AND ITS NEW SECRETARY

A Mortal Antipathy - IX. THE SOCIETY AND ITS NEW SECRETARY
IX. THE SOCIETY AND ITS NEW SECRETARYThere is no use in trying to hurry the natural course of events, in a narrative like this. June passed away, and July, and August had come, and as yet the enigma which had completely puzzled Arrowhead Village and its visitors remained unsolved. The white canoe still wandered over the lake, alone, ghostly, always avoiding the near approach of the boats which seemed to be coming in its direction. Now and then a circumstance would happen which helped to keep inquiry alive. Good horsemanship was not so common among the young men of the place... Long Stories - Post by : chersern - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 870

A Mortal Antipathy - VIII. THE PANSOPHIAN SOCIETY A Mortal Antipathy - VIII. THE PANSOPHIAN SOCIETY

A Mortal Antipathy - VIII. THE PANSOPHIAN SOCIETY
VIII. THE PANSOPHIAN SOCIETYThe Secretary of this association was getting somewhat tired of the office, and the office was getting somewhat tired of him. It occurred to the members of the Society that a little fresh blood infused into it might stir up the general vitality of the organization. The woman suffragists saw no reason why the place of Secretary need as a matter of course be filled by a person of the male sex. They agitated, they made domiciliary visits, they wrote notes to influential citizens, and finally announced as their candidate the young lady who had won and worn... Long Stories - Post by : teamkatn - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 993

A Mortal Antipathy - VII. A RECORD OF ANTIPATHIES A Mortal Antipathy - VII. A RECORD OF ANTIPATHIES

A Mortal Antipathy - VII. A RECORD OF ANTIPATHIES
VII. A RECORD OF ANTIPATHIESIn thinking the whole matter over, Dr. Butts felt convinced that, with care and patience and watching his opportunity, he should get at the secret, which so far bad yielded nothing but a single word. It might be asked why he was so anxious to learn what, from all appearances, the young stranger was unwilling to explain. He may have been to some extent infected by the general curiosity of the persons around him, in which good Mrs. Butts shared, and which she had helped to intensify by revealing the word dropped by Paolo. But this was... Long Stories - Post by : blakew - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2015

A Mortal Antipathy - VI. STILL AT FAULT A Mortal Antipathy - VI. STILL AT FAULT

A Mortal Antipathy - VI. STILL AT FAULT
VI. STILL AT FAULTThe house in which Maurice Kirkwood had taken up his abode was not a very inviting one. It was old, and had been left in a somewhat dilapidated and disorderly condition by the tenants who had lived in the part which Maurice now occupied. They had piled their packing-boxes in the cellar, with broken chairs, broken china, and other household wrecks. A cracked mirror lay on an old straw mattress, the contents of which were airing themselves through wide rips and rents. A lame clothes-horse was saddled with an old rug fringed with a ragged border, out of... Long Stories - Post by : tedcash - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 970

A Mortal Antipathy - V. THE ENIGMA STUDIED A Mortal Antipathy - V. THE ENIGMA STUDIED

A Mortal Antipathy - V. THE ENIGMA STUDIED
V. THE ENIGMA STUDIEDIt was a curious, if it was not a suspicious, circumstance that a young man, seemingly in good health, of comely aspect, looking as if made for companionship, should keep himself apart from all the world around him in a place where there was a general feeling of good neighborhood and a pleasant social atmosphere. The Public Library was a central point which brought people together. The Pansophian Society did a great deal to make them acquainted with each other for many of the meetings were open to outside visitors, and the subjects discussed in the meetings furnished... Long Stories - Post by : Deirdre - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1360

A Mortal Antipathy - IV. WHAT IS A COUNTRY VILLAGE... A Mortal Antipathy - IV. WHAT IS A COUNTRY VILLAGE...

A Mortal Antipathy - IV. WHAT IS A COUNTRY VILLAGE...
IV. WHAT IS A COUNTRY VILLAGE...What is a country village without its mysterious personage? Few are now living who can remember the advent of the handsome young man who was the mystery of our great university town "sixty years since,"--long enough ago for a romance to grow out of a narrative, as Waverley may remind us. The writer of this narrative remembers him well, and is not sure that he has not told the strange story in some form or other to the last generation, or to the one before the last. No matter: if he has told it they have... Long Stories - Post by : Harlan - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2456

A Mortal Antipathy - III. THE WHITE CANOE A Mortal Antipathy - III. THE WHITE CANOE

A Mortal Antipathy - III. THE WHITE CANOE
III. THE WHITE CANOEWhile the two boats were racing, other boats with lookers-on in them were rowing or sailing in the neighborhood of the race-course. The scene on the water was a gay one, for the young people in the boats were, many of them, acquainted with each other. There was a good deal of lively talk until the race became too exciting. Then many fell silent, until, as the boats neared the line, and still more as they crossed it, the shouts burst forth which showed how a cramp of attention finds its natural relief in a fit of convulsive... Long Stories - Post by : Barry_Garhammer - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2264

A Mortal Antipathy - II. THE BOAT-RACE A Mortal Antipathy - II. THE BOAT-RACE

A Mortal Antipathy - II. THE BOAT-RACE
II. THE BOAT-RACEThe 10th of June was a delicious summer day, rather warm, but still and bright. The water was smooth, and the crews were in the best possible condition. All was expectation, and for some time nothing but expectation. No boat-race or regatta ever began at the time appointed for the start. Somebody breaks an oar, or somebody fails to appear in season, or something is the matter with a seat or an outrigger; or if there is no such excuse, the crew of one or both or all the boats to take part in the race must paddle about... Long Stories - Post by : billzhu - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1363

A Mortal Antipathy - I GETTING READY A Mortal Antipathy - I GETTING READY

A Mortal Antipathy - I GETTING READY
I GETTING READYIt is impossible to begin a story which must of necessity tax the powers of belief of readers unacquainted with the class of facts to which its central point of interest belongs without some words in the nature of preparation. Readers of Charles Lamb remember that Sarah Battle insisted on a clean-swept hearth before sitting down to her favorite game of whist.The narrator wishes to sweep the hearth, as it were, in these opening pages, before sitting down to tell his story. He does not intend to frighten the reader away by prolix explanation, but he does mean to... Long Stories - Post by : arbelyod - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1956

A Mortal Antipathy - INTRODUCTION A Mortal Antipathy - INTRODUCTION

A Mortal Antipathy - INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION"And why the New Portfolio, I would ask?"Pray, do you remember, when there was an accession to the nursery in which you have a special interest, whether the new-comer was commonly spoken of as a baby? Was it not, on the contrary, invariably, under all conditions, in all companies, by the whole household, spoken of as the baby? And was the small receptacle provided for it commonly spoken of as a cradle; or was it not always called the cradle, as if there were no other in existence?Now this New Portfolio is the cradle in which I am to rock my... Long Stories - Post by : nacre - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 3282

A Mortal Antipathy - PREFACE A Mortal Antipathy - PREFACE

A Mortal Antipathy - PREFACE
PREFACE"A MORTAL ANTIPATHY" was a truly hazardous experiment. A very wise and very distinguished physician who is as much at home in literature as he is in science and the practice of medicine, wrote to me in referring to this story: "I should have been afraid of my subject." He did not explain himself, but I can easily understand that he felt the improbability of the physiological or pathological occurrence on which the story is founded to be so great that the narrative could hardly be rendered plausible. I felt the difficulty for myself as well as for my readers, and... Long Stories - Post by : DaveH77 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2333

Memoir Of John Lothrop Motley - Volume III - Chapter APPENDIX Memoir Of John Lothrop Motley - Volume III - Chapter APPENDIX

Memoir Of John Lothrop Motley - Volume III - Chapter APPENDIX
Volume III - Chapter APPENDIXA.THE SATURDAY CLUB.This club, of which we were both members, and which is still flourishing, came into existence in a very quiet sort of way at about the same time as "The Atlantic Monthly," and, although entirely unconnected with that magazine, included as members some of its chief contributors. Of those who might have been met at some of the monthly gatherings in its earlier days I may mention Emerson, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Lowell, Motley, Whipple, Whittier; Professors Agassiz and Peirce; John S. Dwight; Governor Andrew, Richard H. Dana, Junior, Charles Sumner. It offered a wide gamut of... Nonfictions - Post by : John_Ellis - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2204

Memoir Of John Lothrop Motley - Volume III - Chapter XXIV Memoir Of John Lothrop Motley - Volume III - Chapter XXIV

Memoir Of John Lothrop Motley - Volume III - Chapter XXIV
Volume III - Chapter XXIVCONCLUSION.--HIS CHARACTER.--HIS LABORS.--HIS REWARD.In closing this restricted and imperfect record of a life which merits, and in due time will, I trust, receive an ampler tribute, I cannot refrain from adding a few thoughts which naturally suggest themselves, and some of which may seem quite unnecessary to the reader who has followed the story of the historian and diplomatist's brilliant and eventful career.Mr. Motley came of a parentage which promised the gifts of mind and body very generally to be accounted for, in a measure at least ver we find them, by the blood of one or... Nonfictions - Post by : redbud19 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 853

Memoir Of John Lothrop Motley - Volume III - Chapter XXIII Memoir Of John Lothrop Motley - Volume III - Chapter XXIII

Memoir Of John Lothrop Motley - Volume III - Chapter XXIII
Volume III - Chapter XXIII1874-1877. AEt. 60-63.DEATH OF MRS. MOTLEY.--LAST VISIT TO AMERICA.--ILLNESS AND DEATH.-LADY HARCOURT'S COMMUNICATION.On the last day of 1874, the beloved wife, whose health had for some years been failing, was taken from him by death. She had been the pride of his happier years, the stay and solace of those which had so tried his sensitive spirit. The blow found him already weakened by mental suffering and bodily infirmity, and he never recovered from it. Mr. Motley's last visit to America was in the summer and autumn of 1875. During several weeks which he passed at Nahant,... Nonfictions - Post by : White_Wolf - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2173