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The Feast of St. Friend

A Christmas Book

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Author: Arnold Bennett
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,662 / 43 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.7
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 695
Added to site: 2005.11.29
mnybks.net#: 11987
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an in his ignorance explained everything. Our knowledge has only deepened the mystery, and all that we shall learn will but deepen it further. We can explain the solstice. We are aware with absolute certitude that the solstice and the equinox and the varying phenomena of the seasons are due to the fact that the plane of the equator is tilted at a slight angle to the plane of the ecliptic. When we put on the first overcoat in autumn, and when we give orders to let the furnace out in spring, we know that we are arranging our lives in accordance with that angle. And we are quite duly proud of our knowledge. And much good does our knowledge do us!

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Well, it does do us some good, and in a spiritual way, too! For nobody can even toy with astronomy without picturing to himself, more clearly and startlingly than would be otherwise possible, a revolving globe that whizzes through elemental space around a ball of fire: which, in turn, is rushing with all its satellites at a

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