of passing events sat through it, motionless, with suspended pen; and when the movement was complete Poesy was represented in that place by nothing but a warm spot on the wooden chair.
For example, ten or twelve years before, a shower of small frogs had fallen, as is credibly attested by a contemporaneous chronicle, the record concluding with a somewhat obscure statement to the effect that the chronicler
considered it good growing-weather for Frenchmen.
And now set in a fell and fierce fight, one of a thousand of which no chronicler
has spoken and no poet sung.
It was but this present morning, as he rode on the omnibus from Richmond; while it changed horses, this present chronicler
, being on the roof, marked three little children playing in a puddle below, very dirty, and friendly, and happy.
Tulliver, you perceive, though nothing more than a superior miller and maltster, was as proud and obstinate as if he had been a very lofty personage, in whom such dispositions might be a source of that conspicuous, far-echoing tragedy, which sweeps the stage in regal robes, and makes the dullest chronicler
The magic reel, which, rolling on before, has led the chronicler
thus far, now slackens in its pace, and stops.
For they are the public chroniclers
of such inquiries by the line; and he is not superior to the universal human infirmity, but hopes to read in print what "Mooney, the active and intelligent beadle of the district," said and did and even aspires to see the name of Mooney as familiarly and patronizingly mentioned as the name of the hangman is, according to the latest examples.
But in the Crusades we already see an event occupying its definite place in history and without which we cannot imagine the modern history of Europe, though to the chroniclers
of the Crusades that event appeared as merely due to the will of certain people.
Some of these chroniclers were mere painstaking men who noted facts and dates with care.
It is, you remember, from one of these chroniclers, Geoffrey of Monmout
The Norman came with sword in hand, bringing in his train the Latin-writing chroniclers.
The medieval chroniclers
were mostly mere annalists, brief mechanical recorders of external events, and the few more philosophic historians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries do not attain the first rank.
There never was a race of people who so completely gave the lie to history as these giants, or whom all the chroniclers
have so cruelly libelled.
It is the fate of all authors or chroniclers
to create imaginary friends, and lose them in the course of art.
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