The Atlantic Monthly

Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1858
Language: English
Wordcount: 87,068 / 253 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.6
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 604
Added to site: 2007.05.03
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eady lost. She read his quality in the first glance of deep-meaning eyes. When at last he speaks, she sees suddenly how beyond all recovery he had carried away her soul in that glance. They marry each the expectation of the other. It was a promise in either that shone so fair. Happy lovers, if only as wife and husband they can go on to fulfil the promise! For love cannot be repeated; every day it must have fresh food in a new object; and unless character is renewed, love must leave it behind and wander on.

If the wife is still aspiring,--if she lays growing demands on her hero,--if her thought enlarges and she stands true to it, separate from him in integrity as he saw her first, following not his, but her own native estimate,--she will always be his mistress. She will still have that charm of remoteness which belongs only to those who do not lean and borrow, to natures centred for themselves in the deep. There is something incalculable in such independence. It is full of surprise for the most intimate

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