D. Des Chene (goclenius) wrote,
D. Des Chene

The Philosopher peeped at her sideways…

Marie Corelli’s Love—and the philosopher, published in 1923, pits the “Philosopher”, an apparent cynic imbued with fin-de-siècle pessimism, against the “Sentimentalist”, the bright, young, pretty daughter of a wealthy old man with whom the Philosopher is collaborating on a book about the deterioration of language. Romance is the terminus ad quem. But who attains it? From the foreword:
The following story is of the simplest character, purposely so designed. It has no “abnormal” or “neurotic” episodes; no “problems”
and no “psycho-analysis”. Its “sentiment” is of an ordinary, every-day type, common to quiet English homes where the “sensational” press find no admittance, and where a girl may live her life as innocent of evil as a rose;—where even the most selfish of cynical “philosophers” may gradually evolve something better than self. There are no “thrills”, no “brain storms”, no “doubtful moralities”—no unnatural overstrained “emotionalisms” whatever.

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    Les Excentricités du langage by Lorédan Larchey (4th ed. 1862, 5th 1865, 6th 1872) is a dictionary of unusual words and unusual uses of words.…

  • The frozen coachman

    Catarina Dutilh Novaes’ item on literature and on what, thanks to her and to Helen de Cruz, I now know to call “moral…

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    (See Mohan Matthen, “ The sense of time passed”, at NewAPPS.) Is there a primitive feeling of duration? There are bodily feelings which…

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