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1908 edition. Excerpt: ...far aloft with the cool distance and the
night. Our young men, fantasticating as freely as I leave the
reader to estimate, crossed the wide short bridge which made them
face toward the monuments of old Paris--the Palais de Justice, the
Conciergerie, the holy chapel of Saint Louis. They came out before
the church, which looks down on a square where the past, once so
thick in the very heart of Paris, has been made rather a blank,
pervaded however by the everlasting freshness of the vast
cathedral-face. It greeted Nick Dormer and Gabriel Nash with a
kindness the long centuries had done nothing to dim. The lamplight
of the old city washed its foundations, but the towers and
buttresses, the arches, the galleries, the statues, the vast
rose-window, the large full composition, seemed to grow clearer
while they climbed higher, as if they had a conscious benevolent
answer for the upward gaze of men. "How it straightens things out
and blows away one's vapours--anything that's done " said Nick;
while his companion exclaimed blandly and affectionately: "The dear
old thing " "The great point's to do something, instead of muddling
and questioning; and, by Jove, it makes me want to " "Want to build
a cathedral?" Nash enquired. "Yes, just that." "It's you who puzzle
me then, my dear fellow. You can't build them out of words." "What
is it the great poets do?" asked Nick. " Their words are
ideas--their words are images, enchanting collocations and
unforgettable signs. But the verbiage of parliamentary speeches-- "
"Well," said Nick with a candid reflective sigh, "you can rear a
great structure of many things--not only of stones and timbers and
painted glass." They walked round this example of one, pausing,
criticising, admiring and discussing; mingling the grave...
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