Then had come the slow soft stages of intelligence and notation, more marked and more fruitful perhaps after that long talk with his mild mate in the twilight, and seeming to wind up the process by putting the key into his hand. And then what the need would have to have been first! "Ah but only for a minute. He turned up that morning when everything had somehow got on my nerves, when the whole great globe indeed, nerves or no nerves, seemed to have appallingly squeezed itself into my study and to be bent on simply swelling there. It was one of the summer sprinkles that bring out sweet smells. "You'll feel better when you've had breakfast. I shan't be there. An effect produced by the charming place was that for some reason he never wanted to bring more. What was little by little more present to him was the perfect taste. All it so securely did have overwhelmed him again, and he couldn't help breaking out: "WHAT is it? "You haven't yet got it? He came back of course soon, came back every day; enjoyed there, of all the rare strange moments, those that were at once most quickened and most caught--moments in which every apprehension counted double and every act of the mind was a lover's embrace. "It's as simple a story as the old, old rupture--the break that lucky Catholics have always been able to make, that they're still, with their innumerable religious houses, able to make, by going into 'retreat.' Oh the deep deep bath, the soft cool plash in the stillness!--this, time after time, as if under regular treatment, a sublimated German "cure," was the vivid name for his luxury. "I just dropped my burden--and he received it.". " 13 0 obj<>endobj It could pass quite sufficiently without words that he and his mate were Brothers, and what that meant. I don't speak of the pious exercises--I speak only of the material simplification. His therapy was to keep busy with his pen. It's so exactly right. 14 0 R]endobj He paid for everything but that--that wasn't one of the items. 'I know what you want,' he repeated. What was the effect really but the (250) poetisation by perfect taste of a type common enough? "We shall see." The Great Good Place by Henry James New York Edition, 1909 NOTES: (1) Italics for emphasis indicated by upper case, by lower case for the word _I_. (242) I didn't know _ou donner de la tete_--I couldn't have gone a step further. 1. 18 0 obj<>endobj There's too much. "There's too much. "Ah don't speak as if we were dead!" The good Brother sighed contentedly; after which he brought out again with kindly humour: "It's a sort of kindergarten! This perfection, he felt on the bench by his friend, was now more within reach than ever. Dane hesitated. This, as it befell, was exactly what he supposed he must have said to a comrade beside whom, one afternoon in the cloister, he found himself measuring steps. All life was lifted; I myself at least was somehow off the ground. "There's no doubt of it whatever--far more remarkable than I. "To put them off? It was the thing they never named--partly for want of the need and partly for lack of the word; for what indeed was the description that would cover it all? "Aren't they probably in fact very simple?" ", His friend was ready enough to imagine. I mean for--well, what i had and what I was a monument of to him as I stood there up to my neck in preposterous evidence. ", "I shouldn't be surprised if it were much nearer than one ever suspected. He was already where I had been.". I let him know all it meant--how it meant that he should at that very moment step in. His master wondered, then saw he figured some personal curvature. %���� "You tell me first. "How many will there be, sir?" He, poor chap, had been for ten years serenading closed windows and had never yet caused a shutter to show that it stirred. 10 0 R This key, pure gold, was simply the cancelled list. "Isn't simplification the secret? I may even have known you well. Our friend, from his chair, looked vaguely about; under his hand were the telegrams, still unopened, one of which he now tore asunder. " he asked, quite unperturbed. Dane, years before, had gone in for three months of hydropathy, and there was a droll echo, in this scene, of the old questions of the water-cure, the questions asked in the periodical pursuit of the "reaction"--the ailment, the progress of each, the action of the skin and the state of the appetite. 3 0 obj<>endobj "I remember--I remember: seven francs a day without wine! 26 0 obj<>endobj Isn't that just why we're here? the Brother's attention breathed. ", "Ah yes--that's not a delusion; but perhaps the sense comes a little from our breathing an emptier medium. ", It was only on this that Brown showed an expression. The inner life woke up again, and it was the inner life, for people of his generation, victims of the modern madness, mere maniacal extension and motion, that was returning health. ", Brown at last, under his apprehension, had his first lapse from logic, which he betrayed by hesitating in the evident hope his companion might by a flash of remembrance relieve him of an invidious duty. He had not had detachment, but there was detachment here--the sense of a great silver bowl from which he could ladle up the melted hours. But why was it, Dane after a moment found himself wondering, that in the act of separation his own hand was so long retained? The 'great want' comes home--that's the great thing it does! Such memories worked in now--all familiar reference, all easy play of mind; and among them our friends, round and round, fraternised ever so softly till, suddenly stopping short, Dane, with a hand on his companion's arm, broke into the happiest laugh he had yet sounded. Fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed.' All the unbroken seals and neglected appeals lay there while, for a pause he couldn't measure, he stood before the chimney-piece with his hands still in his pockets. What underlay and overhung it all, better yet, Dane mused, was some original inspiration, but confirmed, unquenched, some happy thought of an individual breast. It always moreover in the long run HAS been met--it always must be. He found himself anew at the window, whence, looking down from his fourth floor, he could see the vast neighbourhood, under the trumpet-blare of the sky, beginning to rush about. But YOU can't help it, Brown. There it was as sharp as possible in my imagination and my longing--there it was so utterly NOT in the fact. Of the creation thus arrived at you could none the less never have said if it were the last echo of the old or the sharpest note of the modern. The Great Condition (1899) The Real Right Thing (1899) Paste (1899) The Great Good Place (1900) Maud-Evelyn (1900) Miss Gunton of Poughkeepsie (1900) The Tree of Knowledge (1900) The Abasement of the Northmores (1900) He had positively laid down his pen as on a sense of friendly pressure from it. 11 0 obj<>endobj 23 0 obj<>endobj Excerpt from Henry James's Preface to Volume 16, pages ix-x: They saw the increasing rage of life and the recurrent need, and they wondered proportionately whether to return to the front when their hour should sharply strike would be the end of the dream. Thus indeed, if he had wanted never again to touch, it was already done. That answered Dane's question; the face was the face turned to him by the good Brother there in the portico while they listened together to the rustle of the shower. "I see well enough what that fact has done to YOU," his Brother declared. "So have I," said the young man. They combined to form the large simple idea of a general refuge--an image of embracing arms, of liberal accommodation. ", "There it is. He arrived to the minute on a day when more than ever in my life before I seemed, as it happened, in the endless press and stress, to have lost possession of my soul and to be surrounded only with the affairs of other people, smothered in mere irrelevant importunity. Moreover we meet--don't we?--with closed eyes.". This Library of America volume is one of two volumes of the most extensive collection of his critical writings ever assembled, with many pieces never before available in book form. "The conditions settle that--they determine us. Dane smiled. "Perhaps it isn't particularly cheap.". And there were all sorts of freedoms--always, for the occasion, the particular right one. He only meant some, but they were all who'd want it; though of these, no doubt--well, for reasons, for things that, in the world, he had observed--there would never be too many. ", "Precisely--it rests, like all good things, on experience. His master had at any rate caught his thought. There were times when he looked up from his book to lose himself in the mere tone of the picture that never failed at any moment or at any angle. The only real need was to know it, to see it in silence. The obscurity was completely gone by the time he had made out that the back of a person writing at his study-table was presented to him. And at this, for farewell, the Brother held out his hand. The library was a benediction--high and clear and plain like everything else, but with something, in all its arched amplitude, unconfused and brave and gay. An hotel without noise, a club without newspapers--when he turned his face to what it was "without" the view opened wide. There was a silence, but he knew Brown hadn't left him--knew exactly how straight and serious and stupid and faithful he stood there. "There remains 'The Great Good Place' (1900)--to the spirit of which, however, it strikes me, any gloss or comment would be a tactless challenge. Henry James, American novelist and, as a naturalized English citizen from 1915, a great figure in the transatlantic culture. "What you 'said'--? I don't speak of the putting off of one's self; I speak only--if one has a self worth sixpence--of the getting it back. We're Brothers here for the time, as in a great monastery, and we immediately think of each other and recognise each other as such; but we must have first got here as we can, and we meet after long journeys by complicated ways. He began to fit it together: while he had been off the young man had been on. 30 0 obj<>endobj ". ", "The next thing you'll be saying that we're babes at the breast! There, for a blessing, he COULD read and write; there above all he could do nothing--he could live. It seems to me one can puzzle them.". He cultivated, however, but vaguely the question of where he was, finding it near enough the mark to be almost sure that if he wasn't in Kent he was then probably in Hampshire. 'Ah what I want doesn't exist!' Dane eagerly echoed. (238) It was too obvious, as Dane gazed before him, that one wouldn't; but after a moment he asked with the first articulation as yet of his most elementary wonder: "Where is it? "Then where ARE you going?". "Oh we shall meet!". Look about you and judge. Other journals, other periodicals of every sort, folded and in wrappers, made a huddled mound that had been growing for several days and of which he had been wearily, helplessly aware. "Everything's done," the young man continued. It meant above all that I should get off. But the only flashes now were the good man's own. ", "I know what i call it," said Dane after a moment. Isn't it enough for us that it's simply a thorough hit? The poor man dropped into the nearest (229) chair and stared a while at the carpet. "How many does THAT make?" It was in the way an open window in a broad recess let in the pleasant morning; in the way the dry air pricked into faint freshness the gilt of old bindings; in the way an empty chair beside a table unlittered showed a volume just laid down; in the way a happy Brother--as detached as one's self (254) and with his innocent back presented--lingered before a shelf with the slow sound of turned pages. "I'm afraid you're not well, sir. ", "Well," said George Dane, "it was a young man I had never seen--a man at any rate much younger than myself--who had written to me and sent me some article, some book. "Do you mean there's too much, sir?" "WHY it's raining!" Yet the feeling of dread is undeniable. 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