Literature

Note: love

October, 1997

Compare this paragraph with the speech of Agathon in Plato's Symposium (here quoted in P. B. Shelley's translation): "Love is the divinity who creates peace among men . . . ."

And see P. B. Shelley's fragment, "Love, the Universe" ("love is god"), as well as his essay "On Love," which Mary Shelley edited and published.

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Note: London

October, 1997

London


The action of the early portion of the novel is divided between Cumberland, Windsor, and London, following to some extent the traditional rhythm of town and country existence in the nineteenth century, the sporting, social, and artistic "season," which was tied to the political calendar. The aristocracy and gentry usually came into London from country estates in the winter, in anticipation of the opening of Parliament.

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Selections from _Letter to Noble Lord_ by Edmund Burke

October, 1997

from Edmund Burke, Letter to a Noble Lord (1796)


. . . Before this of France, the annals of all time have not furnished an instance of a compleat revolution. That revolution seems to have extended even to the constitution of the mind of man. It has this of wonderful in it, that it resembles what Lord Verulam says of the operations of nature! It was! perfect, not only in all its elements and principles, but in all it's members and it's organs from the very beginning.

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