Flames

Flames

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Flames by Robert Smythe Hichens

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e. You just live beautifully, because you're made differently from all of us. So you do for me what no preachers could ever do. There--now you know."

He lay back, puffing violently at his cigarette.

"It is strange," Valentine said, seeing he had finished. "You know, to live as I do is no effort to me, and so it is absurd to praise me."

"I won't praise you, but it's outrageous of you to want to feel as I and other men feel."

"Is it? I don't think so. I think it is very natural. My life is a dead calm, and a dead calm is monotonous."

"It's better than an everlasting storm."

"I wonder!" Valentine said. "How curious that I should protect you. I am glad it is so. And yet, Julian, in spite of what you say, I would give a great deal to change souls with you, if only for a day or two. You will laugh at me, but I do long to feel a real, keen temptation. Those agonizing struggles of holy men that one reads of, what can they be like? I can hardly imagine. There have been ascetic

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(1897) Occult (Possession) / Romance


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Plot bullets

Two men experiment with sole transfer through a series of psychic sittings.
It works to some extent, but not as expected.
Perhaps a third predominant sole can intervene, if one sole is weak.
Can yet a forth sole, a loving one, really be the predominant one.
Does a departed sole represent itself as an elusive flame, or are the visions of such, all in the mind?
The sixth and last sitting will tell all.