american-decline:

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire - The Consummation of Empire, 1836

american-decline:

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire - The Consummation of Empire, 1836

american-decline:

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire - Destruction, 1836

american-decline:

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire - Destruction, 1836

"For it was he that created rank and caste down there, and also reverence for rank and caste, and pride and pleasure in them… that the South was itself in bondage to its own romantic vision."
— On Mark Twain, Huck Finn, and Sir Walter Scott.
linguistic comparison of les miserables

Du reste, ce sceptique avait un fanatisme. Ce fanatisme n’était ni une idée, ni un dogme, ni un art, ni une science ; c’était un homme, Enjolras. Grantaire admirait, aimait et vénérait Enjolras. A qui se ralliait ce douteur anarchique dans cette phalange d’esprits absolus ? Au plus absolu. De quelle façon Enjolras le subjuguait-il ? Par les idées ? Non. Par le caractère. Phénomène souvent observé. Un sceptique qui adhère à un croyant, cela est simple comme la loi des couleurs complémentaires. Ce qui nous manque nous attire. Personne n’aime le jour comme l’aveugle. La naine adore le tambour-major. Le crapaud a toujours les yeux au ciel ; pourquoi ? pour voir voler l’oiseau. Grantaire, en qui rampait le doute, aimait à voir dans Enjolras la foi planer. Il avait besoin d’Enjolras. Sans qu’il s’en rendît clairement compte et sans qu’il songeât à se l’expliquer à lui-même, cette nature chaste, saine, ferme, droite, dure, candide, le charmait. Il admirait, d’instinct, son contraire. Ses idées molles, fléchissantes, disloquées, malades, difformes, se rattachaient à Enjolras comme à une épine dorsale. Son rachis moral s’appuyait à cette fermeté. Grantaire, près d’Enjolras, redevenait quelqu’un.
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However, this sceptic had one fanaticism. This fanaticism was neither a dogma, nor an idea, nor an art, nor a science; it was a man: Enjolras. Grantaire admired, loved, and venerated Enjolras. To whom did this anarchical scoffer unite himself in this phalanx of absolute minds? To the most absolute. In what manner had Enjolras subjugated him? By his ideas? No. By his character. A phenomenon which is often observable. A sceptic who adheres to a believer is as simple as the law of complementary colors. That which we lack attracts us. No one loves the light like the blind man. The dwarf adores the drum-major. The toad always has his eyes fixed on heaven. Why? In order to watch the bird in its flight. Grantaire, in whom writhed doubt, loved to watch faith soar in Enjolras. He had need of Enjolras. That chaste, healthy, firm, upright, hard, candid nature charmed him, without his being clearly aware of it, and without the idea of explaining it to himself having occurred to him. He admired his opposite by instinct. His soft, yielding, dislocated, sickly, shapeless ideas attached themselves to Enjolras as to a spinal column. His moral backbone leaned on that firmness. Grantaire in the presence of Enjolras became some one once more.

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