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The Notch on the Ax : A Story a la Mode

By Thackeray, William Makepeace

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Title: The Notch on the Ax : A Story a la Mode  
Author: Thackeray, William Makepeace
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: ??How often,? says Father Adam, ?from the steep of echoing hill or thicket, have we heard celestial voices to the midnight air, sole, or responsive to each other?s notes, singing!? After the Act of Disobedience, when the erring pair from Eden took their solitary way, and went forth to toil and trouble on common earth?though the Glorious Ones no longer were visible, you cannot say they were gone. It was not that the Bright Ones were absent, but that the dim eyes of rebel man no longer could see them. In your chamber hangs a picture of one whom you never knew, but whom you have long held in tenderest regard, and who was painted for you by a friend of mine, the Knight of Plympton. She communes with you. She smiles on you. When your spirits are low, her bright eyes shine on you and cheer you. Her innocent sweet smile is a caress to you. She never fails to soothe you with her speechless prattle. You love her. She is alive with you. As you extinguish your candle and turn to sleep, though your eyes see her not, is she not there still smiling? As you lie in the night awake, and thinking of your duties, and the morrow?s inevitable toil oppressing the busy, weary, wakeful brain as with a remorse, the crackling fire flashes up for a moment in the grate, and she is there, your little Beauteous Maiden, smiling with her sweet eyes! When moon is down, when fire is out, when curtains are drawn, when lids are closed, is she not there, the little Beautiful One, though invisible, present and smiling still? Friend, the Unseen Ones are round about us. Does it not seem as if the time were drawing near when it shall be given to men to behold them??

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Table of Contents: The Notch on the Ax: A Story a la Mode, 1 -- William Makepeace Thackeray, 1 -- I, 1 -- II, 4 -- III, 9

 

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