The Atlantic Monthly

Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1867
Language: English
Wordcount: 87,362 / 254 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.6
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 582
Added to site: 2006.07.27
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Genre: Periodical
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years. The story was not an uncommon one. At sixteen he had dreamed--and told his dream. At eighteen he had awoke, and found, as he believed, that a young heart had grown to his so that its life was dependent on his own. Whether it would have perished if its filaments had been gently disentangled from the object to which they had attached themselves, experienced judges of such matters may perhaps question. To justify Clement in his estimate of the danger of such an experiment, we must remember that to young people in their teens a first passion is a portentous and unprecedented phenomenon. The young man may have been mistaken in thinking that Susan would die if he left her, and may have done more than his duty in sacrificing himself; but if so, it was the mistake of a generous youth, who estimated the depth of another's feelings by his own. He measured the depth of his own rather by what he felt they might be, than by that of any abysses they had yet sounded.

Clement was called a "genius" by those who

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