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Pierre; or The Ambiguities   By: (1819-1891)

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PIERRE: OR, THE AMBIGUITIES.

BY HERMAN MELVILLE.

NEW YORK: HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS 329 & 331 PEARL STREET, FRANKLIN SQUARE. 1852.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by HERMAN MELVILLE, In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.

TO

Greylock's Most Excellent Majesty.

In old times authors were proud of the privilege of dedicating their works to Majesty. A right noble custom, which we of Berkshire must revive. For whether we will or no, Majesty is all around us here in Berkshire, sitting as in a grand Congress of Vienna of majestical hill tops, and eternally challenging our homage.

But since the majestic mountain, Greylock my own more immediate sovereign lord and king hath now, for innumerable ages, been the one grand dedicatee of the earliest rays of all the Berkshire mornings, I know not how his Imperial Purple Majesty (royal born: Porphyrogenitus) will receive the dedication of my own poor solitary ray.

Nevertheless, forasmuch as I, dwelling with my loyal neighbors, the Maples and the Beeches, in the amphitheater over which his central majesty presides, have received his most bounteous and unstinted fertilizations, it is but meet, that I here devoutly kneel, and render up my gratitude, whether, thereto, The Most Excellent Purple Majesty of Greylock benignantly incline his hoary crown or no.

Pittsfield, Mass.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

BOOK I.

PAGE

PIERRE JUST EMERGING FROM HIS TEENS 1

BOOK II.

LOVE, DELIGHT, AND ALARM 26

BOOK III.

THE PRESENTIMENT AND THE VERIFICATION 56

BOOK IV.

RETROSPECTIVE 89

BOOK V.

MISGIVINGS AND PREPARATIVES 116

BOOK VI.

ISABEL, AND THE FIRST PART OF THE STORY OF ISABEL 147

BOOK VII.

INTERMEDIATE BETWEEN PIERRE'S TWO INTERVIEWS WITH ISABEL AT THE FARM HOUSE 173

BOOK VIII.

THE SECOND INTERVIEW, AND THE SECOND PART OF THE STORY OF ISABEL. THEIR IMMEDIATE IMPULSIVE EFFECT UPON PIERRE 194

BOOK IX.

MORE LIGHT, AND THE GLOOM OF THAT LIGHT. MORE GLOOM, AND THE LIGHT OF THAT GLOOM 224

BOOK X.

THE UNPRECEDENTED FINAL RESOLUTION OF PIERRE 233

BOOK XI.

HE CROSSES THE RUBICON 247

BOOK XII.

ISABEL, MRS. GLENDINNING, THE PORTRAIT, AND LUCY 256

BOOK XIII.

THEY DEPART THE MEADOWS 273

BOOK XIV.

THE JOURNEY AND THE PAMPHLET 277

BOOK XV.

THE COUSINS 294

BOOK XVI.

FIRST NIGHT OF THEIR ARRIVAL IN THE CITY 312

BOOK XVII.

YOUNG AMERICA IN LITERATURE 333

BOOK XVIII.

PIERRE, AS A JUVENILE AUTHOR, RECONSIDERED 350

BOOK XIX.

THE CHURCH OF THE APOSTLES 360

BOOK XX.

CHARLIE MILLTHORPE 374

BOOK XXI.

PIERRE IMMATURELY ATTEMPTS A MATURE BOOK. TIDINGS FROM THE MEADOWS. PLINLIMMON 384

BOOK XXII.

THE FLOWER CURTAIN LIFTED FROM BEFORE A TROPICAL AUTHOR; WITH SOME REMARKS ON THE TRANSCENDENTAL FLESH BRUSH PHILOSOPHY 402

BOOK XXIII.

A LETTER FOR PIERRE. ISABEL. ARRIVAL OF LUCY'S EASEL AND TRUNKS AT THE APOSTLES' 418

BOOK XXIV.

LUCY AT THE APOSTLES' 439

BOOK XXV.

LUCY, ISABEL, AND PIERRE. PIERRE AT HIS BOOK. ENCELADUS 450

BOOK XXVI.

A WALK; A FOREIGN PORTRAIT; A SAIL. AND THE END 475

PIERRE.

BOOK I.

PIERRE JUST EMERGING FROM HIS TEENS.

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