The Blithedale romance, Volume 1; Volume 570

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So, "The Blithesdale Romance" certainly isn't Nathaniel Hawthorne's best work but I still found it interesting nonetheless. It had an odd way of getting at the story -- in a sort of meandering way ... Read full review

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This book was chosen while trying to complete a LT Challenge. It was listed as a satire, yet there was barely enough information presented about the daily lives of the people who joined to form the ... Read full review

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Page 135 - On the whole, it was a society such as has seldom met together ; nor, perhaps, could it reasonably be expected to hold together long. ', Persons of marked individuality — crooked : sticks, as some of us might be called — are not exactly the easiest to bind up into a fagot.
Page 221 - that her fragile thread of life has inextricably knotted itself with other and tougher threads, and most likely it will be broken. Tell her that Zenobia will not be long her friend. Say that Hollingsworth's heart is on fire with his own purpose, but icy for all human affection ; and that, if she has given him her love, it is like casting a flower into a sepulchre. And say that if any mortal really cares for her, it is myself; and not even I, for her realities, — poor little seamstress, as Zenobia...
Page 150 - IT is not, I apprehend, a healthy kind of mental occupation, to devote ourselves too exclusively to the study of individual men and women. If the person under examination be one's self, the result is pretty certain to be diseased action of the heart, almost before we can snatch a second glance.
Page 19 - The greatest obstacle to being heroic • is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool ; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt ; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.
Page 30 - Her hand, though very soft, was larger than most women would like to have — or than they could afford to have — though not a whit too large in proportion with the spacious plan of Zenobia's entire development. It did one good to see a fine intellect (as hers really was, although its natural tendency lay in another direction than towards literature) so fitly cased. She was, indeed, an admirable figure of a woman, just on the hither verge of her richest maturity, with a combination of features...
Page 136 - We had individually found one thing or another to quarrel with in our past life, and were pretty well agreed as to the inexpediency of lumbering along with the old system any further. As to what should be substituted, there was much less unanimity.
Page 38 - ... had thrown off that sweet, bewitching, enervating indolence which is better, after all, than most of the enjoyments within mortal grasp. It was") our purpose — a generous one, certainly, and absurd, no ( doubt, in full proportion with its generosity — to give up ? whatever we had heretofore attained, for the sake of...
Page 42 - It struck me as rather odd that one of the first questions raised after our separation from the greedy, struggling, selfseeking world should relate to the possibility of getting the advantage over the outside barbarians in their own field of labor. But, to own the truth, I very soon became sensible that as regarded society at large we stood in a .. , position of new hostility, rather than new brotherhood.
Page 94 - She made no scruple of oversetting all human institutions, and scattering them as with a breeze from her fan. A female reformer, in her attacks upon society, has an instinctive sense of where the life lies, and is inclined to aim directly at that spot. Especially 58 the relation between the sexes is naturally among the earliest to attract her notice.
Page 75 - Hollingsworth scarcely said a word, unless when repeatedly and pertinaciously addressed. Then indeed he would glare upon us from the thick shrubbery of his meditations, like a tiger out of a jungle...

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