Well, Mary, only six more days to go and your old Nathan will be out of the army. Haven't decided what I'll do yet. Somehow I just... can't picture myself back there on the banks of the Wabash rocking on a front porch. No, I've been thinkin I, maybe I'll push on west, new settlements, California.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Many an excellent novel is a compendium, an encyclopedia of the entire spiritual life of an individual genius; works of this kind,... even if they are composed, like Nathan the Wise, in a completely different form, thus obtain a tinge of the novel. Also every man who is educated and is educating himself contains within himself a novel. It is not necessary for him, however, to communicate it or to write it down.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
'He hardly drinks a pint of wine, And that, I doubt, is no good sign.... His stomach too begins to fail: Last year we thought him strong and hale, But now, he's quite another thing; I wish he may hold out till spring.'
By and by the other voyageur returned from his inland expedition, bringing one of the natives with him, a little flaxen-headed boy..., with some tradition, or small edition, of Robinson Crusoe in his head, who had been charmed by the account of our adventures, and asked his father's leave to join us. He examined, at first from the top of the bank, our boat and furniture, with sparkling eyes, and wished himself already his own man. He was a lively and interesting boy, and we should have been glad to ship him; but Nathan was still his father's boy, and had not come to years of discretion.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term--meaning that the creation of a simple photo...graph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching--there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »