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1911 Excerpt: ...eyes. 'Is it so bad, my friend? Have courage--the
end is near.' 'Care for her--and keep me, too, in your heart, ' he
cried to her, pfteously. She smiled. Then light--blinding,
featureless light--poured over the vision, and George Tressady had
ceased to live. END OP SIR GEORGE TRESSADY MISS BRETHERTON NOTE It
ought to be stated that the account of the play Elvira, given in
Chapter VII of the present story, is based upon an existing play,
the work of a little known writer of the Romantic time, whose
short, brilliant life came to a tragical end in 1836. M. A. W.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION So many criticisms, not of a literary
but of a personal kind, have been made on this little book since
its appearance, that I may perhaps be allowed a few words of answer
to them in the shape of a short preface to this new edition. It has
been supposed that because the book describes a London world, which
is a central and conspicuous world with interests and activities of
a public and prominent kind, therefore all the characters in it are
drawn from real persons who may be identified if the seeker is only
clever enough. This charge of portraiture is constantly brought
against the novelist, and it is always a difficult one to meet; but
one may begin by pointing out that, in general, it implies a
radical misconception of the story-teller's methods of procedure.
An idea, a situation, is suggested to him by real life, he takes
traits and peculiarities from this or that person whom he has known
or seen, but this is all. When he comes to write--unless, of
course, it is a case of malice and bad faith--the mere necessities
of an imaginative effort oblige him to cut himself adrift from
reality. His characters become to him the creatures of a dream, as
vivid often as his waking life, ...
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