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and repentant pair its visage of grand benignity. There is a singular effect oftentimes when, out of the midst of engrossing thought and deep absorption, we suddenly look up, and catch a glimpse of external objects. We seem at such moments to look farther and deeper into them, than by any premeditated observation ; it is as if they met our eyes alive, and with all their hidden meaning on the surface, but grew again inanimate and inscrutable the instant that they became aware of our glances. So now at that unexpected glimpse, Miriam, Donatello, and the sculptor, all three imagined that they beheld the bronze pontiff endowed with spiritual life. A blessing was felt descending upon them from his outstretched hand ; he approved by look and gesture the pledge of a deep union that had passed under his auspices.
Setting of Sympathetic Creatures. In this same wonderful novel of Hawthorne's the figure of Hilda at the window of her "high chamber" is given a sympathetic setting of animate objects by the “flock of white doves, skimming, fluttering, and wheeling about the topmost height of the tower, their silver wings flashing in the pure transparency of the air.” And the author tells us that when Hilda's soul had grown sick with the burden of its terrible secret these doves “often flew in through the windows of the tower, winged messengers, bringing her what sympathy they could, and uttering soft, tender, and complain. ing sounds, deep in their bosoms, which soothed the girl more than a distincter utterance might.”
Hilda has sought relief at the confessional, and is returning from Saint Peter's with Kenyon.
When they reached the Via Portoghese, and approached Hilda's tower, the doves, who were waiting aloft, flung themselves upon the air, and came floating down about her head. The girl caressed them, and responded to their cooings with similar sounds from her own lips, and with words of endearment; and their joyful flutterings and airy little flights, evidently impelled by pure exuberance of spirits, seemed to show that the doves had a real sympathy with their mistress's state of mind. For peace had descended upon her like a dove.
Treatment of Nature as Antagonistic to Characters. Frank Norris has depicted the
hostility of nature with consummate skill in "McTeague.” The big dentist after murdering his wife reverts swiftly to the primal brute. Driven relentlessly from one point to another by a sort of animal instinct that warns him of impending danger, he reaches at last the mountain fastnesses near Death Valley. Here he begins to prospect for gold, and has just struck a rich rein of ore when the mystic warning comes again. Again he flees ; but go whither he will, he cannot rid himself of that awful sense of approaching peril. At last, in wild desperation, he determines to put the arid wastes of Death Valley between himself and all possible pursuit.
He enters the lurid desert, and his hours of agony there, his efforts to escape the scorching sun and the blistering earth, are described with all the vividness and intensity that characterizes Norris's finest work. And when in the end McTeague has killed the one pursuer whom hate had emboldened to follow him, a last refinement of torture is added to the picture by revealing the murderer shackled to the dead body of his victim, and thus irretrievably anchored to the purgatory he has sought.
This novel, which Howells has termed "the Odyssey of a simple, semi-savage nature,” is uinquestionably entitled to high rank in American letters.
Hostile Aspect of Inanimate Objects. The last chapter of Dickens's “A Tale of Two Cities ” has a material setting that reflects the violence and ferocity of the French Revolution.
Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day's wine to La Guillotine. All the devouring and insatiate Monsters imagined since imagination could record itself, are fused in the one realization, Guillotine. And yet there is not in France, with its rich variety of soil and climate, a blade, a leaf, a root, a sprig, a peppercorn, which will grow to maturity under conditions more certain than those that have produced this horror. Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms. Sow the same seed of rapacious license and oppression over again, and it will surely
yield the same fruit according to its kind.
Background of Unfriendly Creatures. “The Marble Faun” also furnishes an interesting example of a background of animate objects out of harmony with the central figure in the chapter where the forest creatures that "inarticulate brotherhood that prowl the woods or soar upon the wing" shrink from Donatello after he has committed his crime, and refuse to appear at his mystical summons.
Antagonistic Human Setting. In the great stock-exchange scene of Norris's “The Pit" Jadwin stands a solitary figure looming out of an antagonistic human setting, as he wages his epic battle against the “unassailable" wheat.
George Eliot in “ Romola" has characterized the scene outside the Palace during the debate in the council-chamber over the fate of the prisoners as “the background of a roar from mingled shouts and imprecations, tramplings and pushings, and accidental clashing of weapons, across which nothing was distinguishable but a darting shriek or the heavy dropping toll of a bell.”
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame." The gradual materialization of a hostile human foreground is described with wonderful vividness by Victor Hugo in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Quasimodo is standing on the northern tower of the great cathedral surveying Paris at night.
All at once, while he was scrutinizing the great city with the eye which Nature, by way of compensation, had made so piercing that it almost supplied the deficiency of the other organs, it seemed to him that the outline of the quay of La Vielle Pelleterie had an extraordinary appearance ; that there was a motion at that point ; that the black line of the parapet, defined upon the white surface of the water, was not straight and steady like that of the other quays, but that it undulated to the eye, like the waves of a river, or like the heads of a moving multitude. This struck him as strange. He redoubled his attention. The movement appeared to be toward the city. It lasted some time on the quay, then subsided by degrees, as if that which caused it were entering the interior of the isle ; it afterward ceased entirely, and the outline of
the quay again became straight and motionless.
While Quasimodo was forming all sorts of conjectures, the movement seemed to reappear in the Rue du Parvis, which runs into the city, perpendicularly to the facade of Notre Dame. At last, notwithstanding the intense darkness, he perceived the head of a column approaching through this street, and the next moment a crowd spread itself over the Place du Parvis, where nothing could be distinguished but that it was a crowd.
The sight was alarming. It is probable that this singular procession, which seemed to make a point of avoiding observation, was equally careful to maintain profound silence ; yet it could not help making some noise, were it only by the trampling of the feet. But even this sound reached not the ear of Quasimodo ; and this vast multitude, of which he could scarcely see anything, and of which he heard absolutely nothing, though all was bustle and motion so near to him, must have had the effect of an army of the dead, mute, impalpable, and shrouded in vapor. It appeared to him as if a mist full of human beings was approaching, and that what he saw moving were shadows of the shades .
The crowd seemed to increase every moment in the Parvis. He presumed, however, that the noise they made must be very slight, because the windows in the streets and the place remained closed. All at once a light appeared, and in an instant seven or eight lighted torches rose above the heads of the multitude, shaking their tufts of flame amid the darkness. Then did. Quasimodo distinctly perceive frightful rabble of men and women in rags, armed with scythes, pikes, pickaxes, and halberds, with their thousand glistening heads. Here and there black forks projected like horns over hideous faces. He had some vague recollection of this mob, and fancied that he had seen those faces some months before, when he was elected Pope of Fools. A man, who held a torch in one hand and a cudgel in the other, got upon a post, and appeared to be haranguing them. At the same time this strange army made some evolutions, as if certain divisions were taking their respective stations about the church. Quasimodo picked up his lantern and went down to the platform between the towers, to obtain a nearer view and to arrange his means of defense. GORHAM, N. H.
Thomas L. Marble. ( To be continued.)
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