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Death   By: (1862-1949)

Death by Maurice Maeterlinck

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DEATH

by

MAURICE MAETERLINCK

Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos

New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1912

Copyright, 1911 By Maurice Maeterlinck Published, January, 1912

All rights reserved

THE WORKS OF MAURICE MAETERLINCK IN UNIFORM STYLE AND BINDING

ESSAYS

THE TREASURE OF THE HUMBLE WISDOM AND DESTINY THE LIFE OF THE BEE THE BURIED TEMPLE THE DOUBLE GARDEN THE MEASURE OF THE HOURS DEATH

PLAYS

SISTER BEATRICE AND ARDIANE AND BARBE BLEUE JOYZELLE AND MONNA VANNA THE BLUE BIRD, A FAIRY PLAY MARY MAGDALENE PÉLLÉAS AND MÉLISANDE, AND OTHER PLAYS PRINCESS MALEINE THE INTRUDER, AND OTHER PLAYS AGLAVAINE AND SELYSETTE

HOLIDAY EDITIONS

The text in each case is an extract from one of the above mentioned books.

OUR FRIEND THE DOG OLD FASHIONED FLOWERS THE SWARM THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE FLOWERS CHRYSANTHEMUMS THE LEAF OF OLIVE THOUGHTS FROM MAETERLINCK

[Illustration: Camera Portrait by E. O. Hoppé, London]

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I OUR IDEA OF DEATH 3

II A PRIMITIVE IDEA 5

III WE MUST ENLIGHTEN AND ESTABLISH OUR IDEA OF DEATH 10

IV WE MUST RID DEATH OF THAT WHICH GOES BEFORE 12

V THE PANGS OF DEATH MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO MAN ALONE 14

VI THE MISTAKE OF THE DOCTORS IN PROLONGING THE PANGS OF DEATH 17

VII THEIR ARGUMENTS 19

VIII THAT WHICH DOES NOT BELONG TO DEATH 21

IX THE HORRORS OF THE GRAVE ALSO DO NOT BELONG TO DEATH 25

X WHEN CONTEMPLATING THE UNKNOWN INTO WHICH DEATH HURLS US, LET US FIRST PUT RELIGIOUS FEARS FROM OUR MINDS 29

XI ANNIHILATION IMPOSSIBLE 33

XII THE SURVIVAL OF OUR CONSCIOUSNESS 37

XIII IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE 39

XIV THE SAME, CONTINUED 45

XV IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, IT WOULD NOT BE DREADFUL 48

XVI THE SURVIVAL WITHOUT CONSCIOUSNESS 51

XVII THE SAME, CONTINUED 54

XVIII THE LIMITED EGO WOULD BECOME A TORTURE 57

XIX A NEW EGO CAN FIND A NUCLEUS AND DEVELOP ITSELF IN INFINITY 60

XX THE ONLY SORROW THAT CAN TOUCH OUR MIND 65

XXI INFINITY AS CONCEIVED BY OUR REASON 68

XXII INFINITY AS PERCEIVED BY OUR SENSES 71

XXIII WHICH OF THE TWO SHALL WE KNOW? 74

XXIV THE INFINITY WHICH BOTH OUR REASON AND OUR SENSES CAN ADMIT 77

XXV OUR FAITH IN INFINITY 81

XXVI THE SAME, CONTINUED 84

XXVII SHALL WE BE UNHAPPY THERE? 87

XXVIII QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS? 90

XXIX THE SAME, CONTINUED 95

XXX IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO ANSWER THEM 99

XXXI EVERYTHING MUST FINISH EXEMPT FROM SUFFERING 102

DEATH

I

OUR IDEA OF DEATH

It has been well said:

"Death and death alone is what we must consult about life; and not some vague future or survival, in which we shall not be present. It is our own end; and everything happens in the interval between death and now. Do not talk to me of those imaginary prolongations which wield over us the childish spell of number; do not talk to me to me who am to die outright of societies and peoples! There is no reality, there is no true duration, save that between the cradle and the grave... Continue reading book >>




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