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Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida Selected from the Works of Ouida   By: (1839-1908)

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WISDOM, WIT, AND PATHOS

OF

OUIDA.

WISDOM, WIT, AND PATHOS

SELECTED FROM THE WORKS

OF

OUIDA

BY F. SYDNEY MORRIS

PHILADELPHIA

J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.

1884

CONTENTS.

SELECTIONS FROM

PAGE

ARIADNE 1

CHANDOS 32

FOLLE FARINE 48

IDALIA 97

A VILLAGE COMMUNE 106

PUCK 115

TWO LITTLE WOODEN SHOES 158

FAME 177

MOTHS 182, 354

IN A WINTER CITY 189

A LEAF IN THE STORM 205

A DOG OF FLANDERS 209

A BRANCH OF LILAC 216

SIGNA 220

TRICOTRIN 264

A PROVENCE ROSE 288

PIPISTRELLO 291

HELD IN BONDAGE 294

PASCARÈL 296

IN MAREMMA 335

UNDER TWO FLAGS 363

STRATHMORE 417

FRIENDSHIP 427

WANDA 452

ARIADNE.

One grows to love the Roman fountains as sea born men the sea. Go where you will there is the water; whether it foams by Trevi, where the green moss grows in it like ocean weed about the feet of the ocean god, or whether it rushes reddened by the evening light, from the mouth of an old lion that once saw Cleopatra; whether it leaps high in air, trying to reach the gold cross on St. Peter's or pours its triple cascade over the Pauline granite; whether it spouts out of a great barrel in a wall in old Trastevere, or throws up into the air a gossamer as fine as Arachne's web in a green garden way where the lizards run, or in a crowded corner where the fruit sellers sit against the wall; in all its shapes one grows to love the water that fills Rome with an unchanging melody all through the year.

And indeed I do believe all things and all traditions. History is like that old stag that Charles of France found out hunting in the woods once, with the bronze collar round its neck on which was written, "Cæsar mihi hoc donavit." How one's fancy loves to linger about that old stag, and what a crowd of mighty shades come thronging at the very thought of him! How wonderful it is to think of that quiet grey beast leading his lovely life under the shadows of the woods, with his hinds and their fawns about him, whilst Cæsar after Cæsar fell and generation on generation passed away and perished! But the sciolist taps you on the arm. "Deer average fifty years of life; it was some mere court trick of course how easy to have such a collar made!" Well, what have we gained? The stag was better than the sciolist.

Life costs but little on these sunny, silent shores; four walls of loose stones, a roof of furze and brambles, a fare of fish and fruit and millet bread, a fire of driftwood easily gathered and all is told... Continue reading book >>




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