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DRAMA ON THE SEASHORE. To Madame La Princesse Caroline Galitzin De
Genthod, Ne'e Comtesse Walewska. Homage And Remembrances Op . The
Author. Nearly all young men have a compass with which they delight
in measuring the future. When their will is equal to the breadth of
the angle at which they open it the world is theirs. But this
phenomenon of the inner life takes place only at a certain age.
That age, which for all men lies between twenty-two and twenty-
eight, is the period of great thoughts, of' fresh conceptions,
because it is the age of immense desires. After that age, short as
the seed-time, comes that of execution. There are, as it were, two
youths, ?the youth of belief, the youth of action; these are often
commingled in men whom Nature has favored and who, like Caesar,
like Newton, like Bonaparte, are the greatest among great men. I
was measuring how long a time it might take a thought to develop.
Compass in hand, standing on a rock some hundred fathoms above the
ocean, the waves of which were breaking on the reef below, I
surveyedmy future, filling it with books as an engineer or builder
traces on vacant ground a palace or a fort. The sea was beautiful;
I had just dressed after bathing; and I awaited Pauline, who was
also bathing, in a granite cove floored with fine sand, the most
coquettish bath-room that Nature ever devised for her
water-fairies. The spot was at the farther end of Croisic, a dainty
little peninsula in Brittany; it was far from the port, and so
inaccessible that the coastguard seldom thought it necessary to
pass that way. To float in ether after floating on the wave! ? ah!
who would not have floated on the future as I did ! Why was I
thinking? Whence comes evil? ? who knows! Ideas drop into our
hearts or into our heads without consulting...
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