Excerpt: ...Mab the whole spectacle was an act, an interlude, or scene in that wonderful endless play which was a perpetual delight to witness and in which she too was taking a part. And to see all her friends, her grown-up playmates, enjoying themselves in this unusual way, marching in a procession to the church, dressed in black, singing hymns ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...Mab the whole spectacle was an act, an interlude, or scene in that wonderful endless play which was a perpetual delight to witness and in which she too was taking a part. And to see all her friends, her grown-up playmates, enjoying themselves in this unusual way, marching in a procession to the church, dressed in black, singing hymns with tears in their eyes-why, this was even better than school or Sunday service, romps in the playground or a children's tea. Every time I looked down at my little mate she lifted a rosy face to mine with her sweetest smile and bugloss eyes aglow with ineffable happiness. And now that we are far apart my loveliest memory of her is as she appeared then. I would not spoil that lovely image by going back to look at her again. Three years! It was said of Lewis Carroll that he ceased to care anything about his little Alices when they had come to the age of ten. Seven is my limit: they are perfect then: but in Mab's case the peculiar exquisite charm could hardly have lasted beyond the age of six. XVIII FRECKLES My meeting with Freckles only served to confirm me in the belief, almost amounting to a conviction, that the female of our species reaches its full mental development at an extraordinarily early age compared to that of the male. In the male the receptive and elastic or progressive period varies greatly; but judging from the number of cases one meets with of men who have continued gaining in intellectual power to the end of their lives, in spite of physical decay, it is reasonable to conclude that the stationary individuals are only so because of the condition of their lives having been inimical. In fact, stagnation strikes us as an unnatural condition of mind. The man who dies at fifty or sixty or seventy, after progressing all his life, doubtless would, if he had lived a lustrum or a decade longer, have attained to a still greater height. "How disgusting it is," cried Ruskin, when he had reached his threescore years...Read Less
Good. Good hardcover. No DJ. ORIGINAL 1921 EDITION. Book re-bound by library with newer covers. Ex-Library with usual markings. Text is clean and unmarked. Covers show light edge wear with rubbing. Binding is tight, hinges strong.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!
Very Good + Green cloth hardcover without dust jacket, New Adelphi Library Edition 1932 reprint, xvi + 261 pages; just a hint of shelf wear, previous owner's signature in pencil, one red pencil mark in text, but tight in binding, otherwise very clean and unmarked.
Fair. Fair hardcover. No DJ. ORIGINAL 1924 EDITION. Ex-Library with usual markings. Text is unmarked. Light foxing spots on page edges. Covers show edge wear with rubbing/soiling. Bumped corners. Binding is tight, hinges strong. all pages present and very readable.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!
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