Literary Love-Letters

and Other Stories

Author: Robert Herrick
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,299 / 129 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 351
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These stories are sometimes provocative, but they are always clever, and the title story, at least, is literature.

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need a Bradshaw and a Baedeker, even in the land of dreams. All men, I like to think, for one short breath in their lives, believe this narrow world to be shoreless. They feel that they should die in discontent if they could not experience, test, this wonderful conglomerate of existence. It is an old, old matter I am writing you about. We have classified it nicely, these days; we call it the "romantic spirit," and we say that it is made three parts of youth and two of discontent--a perpetual expression of the world's pessimism.

I look back, and I think that I have done you wrong. Women like you have something nearly akin to this mood. Some time in your lives you would all be romantic lovers. The commonest of you anticipate a masculine soul that shall harmonize your discontent into happiness. Most of you are not very nice about it; you make your hero out of the most obvious man. Yet it is pathetic, that longing for something beyond yourselves. That passionate desire for a complete illusion in love is t

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