Lehigh University
The Vault at PfaffsAn Archive of Art and Literature by the Bohemians of Antebellum New York
Previous Issue Next Issue
Previous Page Next Page
0 matches

Text for Page 177 [09-04-1851]

              came home with me, and couched on the floor, my bed not being large enow to
hold two.
  5. Friday. Mason off.     Reading Pendennis all day.   Made a call
at Holmes in the afternoon.     Poor old Gleason just out of the Tombs, having
been there for five days, for a muss with policeman. He describes it as a 
horrible place.
  6. Saturday.   Finished the perusal of �Pendennis�.   Warrington you have
but little of in the book, but what there is, is exquisite. He is the noblest crea-
ture Thackeray has essayed to pourtray.   Yet is he quite right in giving Laura
to the far inferior Pendennis: � such is the case in the world.   Thackeray is an
earnest man, and has struck out a new path in literature.   All his anatomiza-
tions and �vanitas vanitatem� of it teach abhorence of falsity and inculcate earnest
resolve of being truthful, is to a great end.   Who years ago would have thought
that Michael Angeles Fitmarsh had such stuff in him?          Evening, after writing
all day, to Broadway.   Found Miss Jane Gibson all alone, Mrs K, & Lotty being
at the theatre. Sate half an hour, when Mason coming, I left.
  7. Sunday.  To Governors Island at noon.   With Barth & Creecey after-
noon & evening.   A pleasant solitary stroll by the sea side, at the old place.
How gloriously did the waves come splashing and singing and leaping in on the
sand, one behind another, on and on in mad excitement. The sea is
never ignoble & I love it.   And above the broad silvery moon; that moon
that Shakspeare glanced at out of his casement when he writ of Lorenzo and
Jessica; that Homer describes so exquisitely, that Dante saw rising over
the savage forest and mountain when pur crossed by the three fell beasts.  What
an infinitude of human beings have gazed upwards at its calm, tranquil disc,
Alexander reeling from mad revel out on some palace rampant of subdugated Asia,
[Outary?] from the hot wassail with Egypts widow.  /               Bitten by mus
quitos to a very intensity of pain during the night.               
Loading content ...