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On C’s arrival in England

The island known as England has a different colour from the European continent. The sea is extraordinary, for as an ocean, it is subject to the ebb and flow of the tides; the water of the Thames has another flavour, … Continue reading

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Extract from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea The ploughman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me. -Thomas Gray

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Endless Forms Most Beautiful

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from … Continue reading

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A Lament on Acceptance

“Poor, poor, little Alice! She has not only been caught and made to do lessons; she has been forced to inflict lessons on others.” Alice is now not only a schoolgirl but a schoolmistress. The holiday is over and Dodgson … Continue reading

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Fate, Kismet, Destiny

Your name is your destiny. Oidipous, Swollen-foot. The only trouble is, your name speaks your destiny only in the way the Delphic Sibyl does: in the form of a riddle. Only as you lie on your deathbed do you realize … Continue reading

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