No one ought to feel surprise at much remaining as yet unexplained in regard to the origin of species and varieties, if he makes due allowance for our profound ignorance in regard to the mutual relations of all the beings which live around us.
In the four succeeding chapters, the most apparent and gravest difficulties on the theory will be given: namely, first, the difficulties of transitions, or in understanding how a simple being or a simple organ can be changed and perfected into a highly developed being or elaborately constructed organ; secondly the subject of Instinct, or the mental powers of animals, thirdly, Hybridism, or the infertility of species and the fertility of varieties when intercrossed; and fourthly, the imperfection of the Geological Record.
I had read and reread all the American and European papers without being
any nearer a conclusion.
"And you allow then, sir, that spheres exist, and that these marked and invisible beings mingle amongst us?"
"Then we do not see those beings to whom you allude?"
If such lovely creatures were miserable, it was less strange that I, an imperfect and solitary being
, should be wretched.
It is only bodily phenomena that can be directly observed in animals, or even, strictly speaking, in other human beings
. We can observe such things as their movements, their physiological processes, and the sounds they emit.
"And I you a happy New Year," responded the Second Blighted Being
, with the accent of a penitent accordeon.
It is a passive feeling capable of being
roused for any object, as the vine can grow on any tree; and the wisdom of the world recognises its strength when it urges a girl to marry the man who wants her with the assurance that love will follow.
While the carriage and horses were being
placed on it, they also stepped on the raft.
He felt almost inclined to cross himself when one of these beings
happened to approach him.
It seemed like a new misanthropic belief which had fallen on human beings
, carrying with it the negation of all hope.