Excerpt: ...and that his example would help me to act in a similar manner when my turn came. Interrupting me, he begged that it might happen so, and that the conversation which had passed between us might not be mere words, but might be impressed deeply on our minds, to be put in exercise at the first occasion; and that this was the real object ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...and that his example would help me to act in a similar manner when my turn came. Interrupting me, he begged that it might happen so, and that the conversation which had passed between us might not be mere words, but might be impressed deeply on our minds, to be put in exercise at the first occasion; and that this was the real object and aim of all philosophy. He then took my hand, and continued: "Brother, friend, there are many acts of my life, I think, which have cost me as much difficulty as this one is likely to do; and, after all, I have been long prepared for it, and have my lesson by heart. Have I not lived long enough? I am just upon thirty-three. By the grace of God, my days so far have known nothing but health and happiness; but in the ordinary course of our unstable human affairs, this could not have lasted much longer; it would have become time for me to enter on graver avocations, and I should thus have involved myself in numberless vexations, and, among them, the troubles of old age, from which I shall now be exempt. Moreover, it is probable that hitherto my life has been spent more simply, and with less of evil, than if God had spared me, and I had survived to feel the thirst for riches and worldly prosperity. I am sure, for my part, that I now go to God and the place of the blessed." He seemed to detect in my expression some inquietude at his words; and he exclaimed, "What, my brother, would you make me entertain apprehensions? Had I any, whom would it become so much as yourself to remove them?" The notary, who had been summoned to draw up his will, came in the evening, and when he had the documents prepared, I inquired of La Boetie if he would sign them. "Sign them," cried he; "I will do so with my own hand; but I could desire more time, for I feel exceedingly timid and weak, and in a manner exhausted." But when I was going to change the conversation, he suddenly rallied, said he had but a short time to live, and asked if the notary...Read Less
Fair. No Dust Jacket. Cover shows significant edge wear and bumps, may have soiling, stains or water marks. Binding is loose but intact, may be just starting to separate or show heavy spine lean. Pages may contain former owner name, highlighting or underlining, soiling, and light water wrinkling.
NUMBER OVER BIRD ON SPINE. Good+Ex-Lib Cond, solid, clean copy, with library marks, etc. 6x9" Blue Clothbond 543PG Great Books of The Western World" Series. Gold Spine titles on BLUE cloth, Covers Similar BLUE cloth.
NUMBER UNDER BIRD ON SPINE. VERY GOOD Condition. 6X9"HARDCOVER Tan ACRYLIC 543PG Great Books of The Western World" Series. BRIGHT ACRYLIC SPINE TITLE PANELS. BOOKS FULLY COVERED in LITE BROWN leather acrylic.
Fine. No Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; Heritage Press Hardcover in slipcase Fine/Very Good. Quarter cloth spine with green mottled paper-wrapped boards, gilt lettered on spine. Introduction by Andre Gide. Translated by George B. Ives. Comments and notes on text by Grace Norton are included in Vol III (also available). Contains: last twenty-five essays of Book Two, and the thirteen essays of Book Two. Pages clear, bright, illustrations at chapter headings. No edgewear, corners lightly scuffed, slipcase gray, toned at opening, with mottling on one side of case (looks like caused by original storage). Very clean and presentable. New York: Heritage Press, 1946. 5.5"x7.75" tall; 714pp.
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