The matter is disagreeably delicate to handle; but, since the reader must needs be let into the secret, he will please to understand, that, about a century
ago, the head of the Pyncheons found himself involved in serious financial difficulties.
It pained, and at the same time amused me, to behold the terrors that attended my advent, to see a furrowed cheek, weather-beaten by half a century
of storm, turn ashy pale at the glance of so harmless an individual as myself; to detect, as one or another addressed me, the tremor of a voice which, in long-past days, had been wont to bellow through a speaking-trumpet, hoarsely enough to frighten Boreas himself to silence.
Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity, that no writer, up to the very end of the nineteenth century
, ex- pressed any idea that intelligent life might have developed there far, or indeed at all, beyond its earthly level.
The crushed and dried petals stirred, and assumed a deepening tinge of crimson, as if the flower were reviving from a deathlike slumber; the slender stalk and twigs of foliage became green; and there was the rose of half a century
, looking as fresh as when Sylvia Ward had first given it to her lover.
By day, one could admire the variety of its edifices, all sculptured in stone or wood, and already presenting complete specimens of the different domestic architectures of the Middle Ages, running back from the fifteenth to the eleventh century
, from the casement which had begun to dethrone the arch, to the Roman semicircle, which had been supplanted by the ogive, and which still occupies, below it, the first story of that ancient house de la Tour Roland, at the corner of the Place upon the Seine, on the side of the street with the Tannerie.
I tell you young people that before the nineteenth century
is out Wagner will be as dead as mutton.
To the twelfth century
, and those immediately preceding and following it.
This was Carlo Goldoni, one of the first of the realists, but antedating conscious realism so long as to have been born at Venice early in the eighteenth century
, and to have come to his hand-to-hand fight with the romanticism of his day almost before that century
had reached its noon.
Elizabethan prose, all too chaotic in the beauty and force which overflowed into it from Elizabethan poetry, and incorrect with an incorrectness which leaves it scarcely legitimate prose at all: then, in reaction against that, the correctness of Dryden, and his followers through the eighteenth century
, determining the standard of a prose in the proper sense, not inferior to the prose of the Augustan age in Latin, or of the "great age in France": and, again in reaction against this, the wild mixture of poetry and prose, in our wild nineteenth century
, under the influence of such writers as Dickens and Carlyle: such are the three periods into which the story of our prose literature divides itself.
The only rational thing for the twentieth-century
folk to do is to cover up the well; to make the twentieth century
in truth the twentieth century
, and to relegate to the nineteenth century
and all the preceding centuries the things of those centuries, the witch-burnings, the intolerances, the fetiches, and, not least among such barbarisms.
Too late did the socialist movement of the early twentieth century
divine the coming of the Oligarchy.
These old Irish manuscripts are perhaps none of them older than the eleventh century
, but the stories are far, far older.
and the evidence stated above points to the middle of the ninth century
as the probable date for the "Works and Days".
From the time of Thales of Miletus, in the fifth century
The Britons, before and during the Roman occupation, to the fifth century