The Heart of Us; A Novel

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 Excerpt: ...though with patience I might overcome them, golden mediocrity, after all, was the best result awaiting me. In other words, I was foredoomed to failure; for I am not divinely gifted; neither have I the sustaining power of the true artist, nor his sensitiveness to inspiration. My work is but an echo.'The sound...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 Excerpt: ...though with patience I might overcome them, golden mediocrity, after all, was the best result awaiting me. In other words, I was foredoomed to failure; for I am not divinely gifted; neither have I the sustaining power of the true artist, nor his sensitiveness to inspiration. My work is but an echo.'The sound is forced, the notes are few!' Twice in one day I received a warning from men who are masters in the arts they follow. I heeded it,--wisely, as I believe. My own facility was a treacherous lure, a snare which I shook off in time. To recognize one's own weakness is, surely, the nobler part, rather than that of shallow persistence. This is a sad confession. Blame me for being forced to make it, not for my heroic choice. Really, it was one." "I see the difficulties. As to the blame, there could be none on my part. It is you who have the right to overwhelm me with reproaches; but, as I said before, please understand that neither your decision, for which I am very sorry, nor my sudden knowledge of it, has caused the change in me. This came from the discovery that I could not keep my promise,--too late, and yet in time. As to my reasons, there are none to give. One does not know one's reasons. I have found out the simple truth, that is all. It was kinder, surely, to tell you so at once; and I have tried to do the kindest thing, hard as that is for both of us. Once more, I entreat you to understand, and, if you can, to forgive me, Mr. Ives." "Mr. Ives!" The formal words seemed to cut the air, opening an immeasurable gulf between them. Now, they were out of town, walking in the mellow afternoon light straight toward the hillock where, so short a time before, he had yielded to his dream of happiness. He shivered at the thought; and, thou...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781150721984
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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