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Full text of "Selected Essays Of Robert Louis Stevenson"

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a versatile French novelist, dramatist and critic. She was prominent
in the literary circles of her day, and was a friend of Samte-Beuve,
De Musset and other contemporary writers. She exercised a
marked influence over George Eliot.

George Meredith. Stevenson is probably thinking of the match-
less love-scene in The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, when Richard
and Lucy Desborough meet beside the river. Cf. what he says in
the epilogue to * The Lantern-Bearers' and * A Gossip on Romance.'

Beulah, from Stevenson's old favourite,  The Pilgrim's Progress.

Daniel Deronda is, like Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison, the
result of George Eliot's attempt to depict a ' perfect man.' The
result in either case is a perfect prig, a self-conscious bore.

* Marriage ol Cana.' Stevenson no doubt refers to the famous
painting (1563) by Paul Veronese, now in the Louvre. This was
the scene of Jesus Christ's first miracle (St. John. n. 1-12).

the blind bow-boy. Cupid, the god of Love, is represented as
a blmd youth, armed, like the Indian god Kama, with a bow where-
with he pierces human hearts.

IV
AES  TRIPLEX

This gallant essay on the theme ' Whom the gods love, die
young,' has a curiously prophetic ring about it. The motto is
taken from Horace, Odes i. in :

Illi robur et aes triplex
Circum pectus erat, qui fragilem truci
Commisit pelago ratem.
Oak and brass of triple fold

Encompassed sure that heart, which first made bold
To the raging sea to trust.    (Conington).

dule trees.   Gallows-trees,    (dule, sorrow).

Curtlus. Quintus Curtius (362 B.C.) flung himself into the gulf
which had opened in the Roman forum, because the gods demanded
* what Rome valued most,' as a sacrifice.

Caligula, Caius Caesar (31-74 A. a), a monster of cruelty and
vice, who was finally assassinated. The Praetorian Guards were
the imperial body-guard. Baiae in Campania was a fashionable
Roman watering-place.

Commander's Statue. See Moliere's Don Juan, iv, vi, viii, and
Brewer's Reader's Handbook, s.v. Juan (Don).

Permanent Possibility. A reference to the philosophy of Herbert
Spencer.

Job, the hero of the Old Testament book of that name, famous
for his patient endurance of the sufferings inflicted on him by God
to test his faith.

Omar Khayyam, the philosopher-poet of Nishapur in Persia,
(c. 1100 A.a), whose Rubdiydt FitzGerald has so charmingly rendered
into English quatrains.