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ISBN-13: 9781604138665

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He becomes afraid of the loss of his identity and is driven by his need of internal strength to conceive of the complete man. The Complete Man is to be objectively characterized by his all-too noticeable, fan-shaped beard and his oversized, padded coat. Sitting in his office one day, Gumbril glues the fan-shaped beard onto his face. He then undergoes a pseudo-spiritual metamorphosis: The effect, he decided immediately, was stunning, was grandiose. —Great eater, deep thinker, stout fighter, prodigious lover; clear thinker, creator of beauty, seeker of truth and prophet of heroic grandeurs.

It was not a case of Shearwater explaining all in terms of the kidney, whereas Gumbril junior’s panacea is pneumatic trousers with built-in cushions for humanity’s posteriors. The age as a whole felt superior to its ancestors. Each individual’s ego did not raise him above his contemporaries. The uncertainty Calamy finds so exhilarating about the present age encourages each person to seek security in a private world. Huxley and Cardan approve not the ideals of the nineteenth century but the desirability of a set of standards that serve as a blueprint for a communal society.

Those Barren Leaves, Chapter V. 3. Antic Hay, Chapter V. 4. Chapter XIII. 5 Chapter II. It is interesting to compare this with Keats’s statement (in a Letter to John Hamilton Reynolds for February 3, 1818): How beautiful are the retired flowers! how they would lose their beauty were they to throng into the highway crying out, “admire me I am a violet! ” 6. Antic Hay, Chapter VI. 7. Crome Yellow, Chapter XXIV. 8. Those Barren Leaves, Part Four, Chapter VII. I find Chelifer’s statement interesting in comparison with Keat’s belief that if we all go our own ways intensely enough, we will all arrive at the same point (Letter to John Hamilton Reynolds, February 19, 1818).

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