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Antony and Cleopatra (HarperPerennial Classics) by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

Antony, the soldier of Rome, and Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, fight with tragic outcomes opposed to the facility and authority of the rising Roman Empire.

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Kim is possessed by the evidence of his senses, the lama with a vision beyond, and the book will make as its central matter an unfolding of the love between the two, that thrill of friendship which in nineteenthcentury literature comes to replace the grace of God. At first Kim literally takes the old man in hand. He goes to beg food for him, charmingly vain in the confidence with which he can tap the city . • "They ate together in great content"-so begin and end half the great stories of mankind.

This is directly underlined in the scene when Kim bears the letter to Creighton from Mahbub Ali that tells of the plotted rising in the North. The Lama, thinking of how far he has come from his monastery, laments, "Alas! " In short, the Lama in his spiritual revulsion from the world, innocently does not know the real and terrible dangers that threaten the ordered society in which he can safely seek his sacred river; but Kim, by his involvement in the Game, can help to preserve that holy man whose spirituality he can 32 A:'\GCS \\'ILSO:'\ glimpse and lm·e but never hope to achieve.

DONALD DAVIE A Puritan's Empire: The Case of Kipling In an unconsidered moment-or rather in one very ill-considered undertaking, After Strange Gods, a book that he was later ashamed of-T. S. Eliot spoke of the Congregationalism that D. H. " It was an aberration that F. R. Lea vis never allowed Eliot, nor the rest of us, to forget about. Years later it may be thought that Eliot more than made up for it, when he wrote appreciatively of another English author, one who stands in almost exactly the same relation to Wesleyan New Dissent that Lawrence stood in to Old Dissent.

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