Familiar as it stands in the writer's recollection,--for it has been an object of curiosity with him from boyhood, both as a specimen of the best and stateliest architecture of a longpast epoch, and as the scene of events
more full of human interest, perhaps, than those of a gray feudal castle,--familiar as it stands, in its rusty old age, it is therefore only the more difficult to imagine the bright novelty with which it first caught the sunshine.
Many years have rolled by since the occurrence of these events
, and Miss Henley continues the same in every thing but appearance.
Having ascertained the fact before alluded to, that the islanders,--from motives of precaution, dwelt altogether in the depths of the valleys, and avoided wandering about the more elevated portions of the shore, unless bound on some expedition of war or plunder, I concluded that if I could effect unperceived a passage to the mountain, I might easily remain among them, supporting myself by such fruits as came in my way until the sailing of the ship, an event
of which I could not fail to be immediately apprised, as from my lofty position I should command a view of the entire harbour.
which it authorized soon followed: Henry and Catherine were married, the bells rang, and everybody smiled; and, as this took place within a twelvemonth from the first day of their meeting, it will not appear, after all the dreadful delays occasioned by the general's cruelty, that they were essentially hurt by it.
The actions of Napoleon and Alexander, on whose words the event
seemed to hang, were as little voluntary as the actions of any soldier who was drawn into the campaign by lot or by conscription.
I exulted in the boundless freedom of the design; the open air of that immense scene, where adventure followed adventure with the natural sequence of life, and the days and the nights were not long enough for the events
that thronged them, amidst the fields and woods, the streams and hills, the highways and byways, hostelries and hovels, prisons and palaces, which were the setting of that matchless history.
Suddenly, some weeks before the events
with which we are occupied, a report--to which nobody attached any importance, so incredible did it sound--was spread about Paris, that Mademoiselle Stangerson had at last consented to "crown" the inextinguishable flame of Monsieur Robert Darzac
All is vanity and vexation of spirit,' 'There is no profit under the sun,' 'There is one event
unto all,' to the fool and the wise, the clean and the unclean, the sinner and the saint, and that event
is death, and an evil thing, he says.
The kind of memory of which I am now speaking is definite knowledge of some past event
in one's own experience.
I had never seen a petticoat so near before,--at all events
I had never given one such close attention.
And even if he chances to take an historical subject, he is none the less a poet; for there is no reason why some events
that have actually happened should not conform to the law of the probable and possible, and in virtue of that quality in them he is their poet or maker.
Its history cannot be told without intertwining it with the lives of distinguished men and the great events
that have befallen the country.
Colia was much affected by these events
, and drew nearer to his mother in heart and sympathy.
Thirdly and Lastly): That Characters which may not have appeared, and Events
which may not have taken place, within the limits of our own individual experience, may nevertheless be perfectly natural Characters and perfectly probable Events
, for all that.
We know to-day that he was not so colossal, and that he loomed among the events
of his times less largely than the Manuscript would lead us to believe.