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The Heart of Nature

or, The Quest for Natural Beauty

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Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 67,304 / 199 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.3
LoC Category: GV
Downloads: 648
Added to site: 2008.11.10
mnybks.net#: 22604
Genre: Travel
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ngs sees vast tracts of the human body; sees the features--the nose, the eye, the mouth; sees the trunk and the limbs and the head. But even in the most beautiful of men it would see no beauty. And it would see no beauty because it would have no soul to understand expression. It might be hovering round the features of a man when the smile on his lips and the exaltation in his eyes were expressive of the highest ecstasy of soul, but the midge would see no beauty in those features because it had not the soul to enter into the soul of the man and understand the expression on his face. All the little shades and gradations and tones and lights in the features of the man would be quite meaningless to the midge because it would know nothing of the man's soul, of which the features and the changes and variations in them were the outward manifestation. The midge would know nothing of the reality of the man which lay hidden behind the appearance.

It is the same with the eagle in respect to natural features as it

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