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Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida

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Author: Louise de la Ramée (Ouida)
Published: 1884
Language: English
Wordcount: 140,959 / 396 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 371
Added to site: 2007.07.09
mnybks.net#: 17575
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Essays
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nites again. Men build afresh, and the grass grows, and the trees, and all the flowering seasons come back as of old. But the dead are dead: nothing changes that!

As it is with the earth, so it is with our life; our own poor, short, little life, that is all we can really call our own.

Calamities shatter, and despair engulfs it; and yet after a time the chasm seems to close; the storm wave seems to roll back; the leaves and the grass return; and we make new dwellings. That is, the daily ways of living are resumed, and the common tricks of our speech and act are as they used to be before disaster came upon us. Then wise people say, he or she has "got over it." Alas, alas! the drowned children will not come back to us; the love that was struck down, the prayer that was silenced, the altar that was ruined, the garden that was ravished, they are all gone for ever,--for ever, for ever! Yet we live; because grief does not always kill, and often does not speak.

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I crept through the my

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