The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett

The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
Vol. 1, 1845-1846

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The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning

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The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
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It is wrong of me to write so of myself--only you put your finger on the root of a fault, which has, to my fancy, been a little misapprehended. I do not say everything I think (as has been said of me by master-critics) but I take every means to say what I think, which is different!--or I fancy so!

In one thing, however, you are wrong. Why should you deny the full measure of my delight and benefit from your writings? I could tell you why you should not. You have in your vision two worlds, or to use the language of the schools of the day, you are both subjective and objective in the habits of your mind. You can deal both with abstract thought and with human passion in the most passionate sense. Thus, you have an immense grasp in Art; and no one at all accustomed to consider the usual forms of it, could help regarding with reverence and gladness the gradual expansion of your powers. Then you are 'masculine' to the height--and I, as a woman, have studied some of your gestures of language and

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