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Largo. $?o soce. It seems almost as though Chopin must have had
Veronika in mind when he composed it. Its color, its passion, its
vague dreamy sadness, and withal its transparent simplicity, make
it for me a perfect musical portrait. Those were the traits which
most constantly and conspicuously abode in my thought of her. Her
simplicity, her child-like simplicity, and her naturalness, andthe
serene purity of her soul, made her as different from other women
that I had seen? though, to be sure, I had seen but few women
except as I passed them in the street or rode with them in the
horse-car?made her as different from those I had seen, at any rate,
as a lily plucked on the hillside is different from a hothouse
flower, as daylight is different from gaslight, as Schubert's music
is different from Liszt's. In every thing and from every point of
view, she was simple and natural and serene. Her great pale face,
and the dark eyes, and the smile that came and went like a melody
across her lips, and the way she wore her hair, and the way she
dressed, and the way she played, sang, spoke, and her gestures, and
the low, sad, musical laughter that I heard only once or twice from
the beginning to the end? all were simple, and natural, and serene.
And yet there was a mystery attaching to each of them, a something
beyond my comprehension, a something that tinged my love for her
with awe. A mystery that would neither be defined nor penetrated
nor ignored, brooded over her, as the perfume broods over a rose. I
doubtwhether an American woman can be like this unless she is older
and has had certain experiences of her own. Veronika had not had
sufficient experience of her own to account for what I have
described: but she was a Jewess, and all the experience of the
Jewish race, all the martyr...
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