They feasted every day and ate all sorts of fresh foods grown in the expansive gardens teeming with vegetables and fruits. ” “Then I,” she said, “have too much character. You have changed from the veriest butterfly to a woman—you wear different clothes, you have the air of another world. Well, one must hope, that was all. Aunt Jane had her quiet moments. ” “You are separated from your wife?” “Yes, but do you know how?” “Not exactly. Dare we look back upon the darkened vista, and, in imagination retrace the path we have trod? With how many vain hopes is it shaded! with how many good resolutions, never fulfilled, is it paved! Where are the dreams of ambition in which, twelve years ago, we indulged? Where are the aspirations that fired us—the passions that consumed us then? Has our success in life been commensurate with our own desires—with the anticipations formed of us by others? Or, are we not blighted in heart, as in ambition? Has not the loved one been estranged by doubt, or snatched from us by the cold hand of death? Is not the goal, towards which we pressed, further off than ever—the prospect before us cheerless as the blank behind?—Enough of this.
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