The Lifted Veil

The Lifted Veil

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The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

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The Lifted Veil

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Quite unlike the realistic fiction for which Eliot is best known, The Lifted Veil explores themes of extrasensory perception, the essence of physical life, possible life after death, and the power of fate. --Wikipedia

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e morrow; and I had a tender mother: even now, after the dreary lapse of long years, a slight trace of sensation accompanies the remembrance of her caress as she held me on her knee--her arms round my little body, her cheek pressed on mine. I had a complaint of the eyes that made me blind for a little while, and she kept me on her knee from morning till night. That unequalled love soon vanished out of my life, and even to my childish consciousness it was as if that life had become more chill I rode my little white pony with the groom by my side as before, but there were no loving eyes looking at me as I mounted, no glad arms opened to me when I came back. Perhaps I missed my mother's love more than most children of seven or eight would have done, to whom the other pleasures of life remained as before; for I was certainly a very sensitive child. I remember still the mingled trepidation and delicious excitement with which I was affected by the tramping of the horses on the pavement in the echoing stables, by th

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A strange story. The characterizations and subtle shadings of emotions are wonderfully real. But the narrator goes from having "feelings" about other people, to reading their minds, then to foreseeing the future. And science reanimates a dead woman.
The writing makes me want to read more Eliot, but the plot belongs with Stoker and Lovecraft. It is an occult horror story--a pity.
Gothic novella that contains mind reading, seeing the future, and resurrecting the dead. It begins with a man describing when, where, and how he is to die - in the near future. He then goes on to explain how he knows this. The prose is a little slower to read than we're used to today, but don't give up. You'll be rewarded by a good, creepy story.