His audacities of phrase struck him as grotesque, his felicities
of expression were monstrosities, and everything was absurd, unreal, and impossible.
The true life and satisfactions of man seem to elude the utmost rigors or felicities
of condition and to establish themselves with great indifferency under all varieties of circumstances.
Passion for power: which, however, mounteth alluringly even to the pure and lonesome, and up to self-satisfied elevations, glowing like a love that painteth purple felicities
alluringly on earthly heavens.
But he was unwilling to hear his own voice--to hear any sound whatever--owing to a vague belief, shaping itself slowly within him, that solitude and silence are the greatest felicities