And was not the fantastic
Michel right in thus interpreting the fancies of the ancient astronomers?
pictures of future society, painted at a time when the proletariat is still in a very undeveloped state and has but a fantastic
conception of its own position correspond with the first instinctive yearnings of that class for a general reconstruction of society.
Fashion, by which what is really fantastic
becomes for a moment universal, and dandyism, which, in its own way, is an attempt to assert the absolute modernity of beauty, had, of course, their fascination for him.
A representative sentence is this: 'Although there be none so ignorant that doth not know, neither any so impudent that will not confesse, friendship to be the jewell of humaine joye; yet whosoever shall see this amitie grounded upon a little affection, will soone conjecture that it shall be dissolved upon a light occasion.' Others of Lyly's affectations are rhetorical questions, hosts of allusions to classical history, and literature, and an unfailing succession of similes from all the recondite knowledge that he can command, especially from the fantastic
collection of fables which, coming down through the Middle Ages from the Roman writer Pliny, went at that time by the name of natural history and which we have already encountered in the medieval Bestiaries.
The champagne was cold, and its subtle fumes played fantastic
tricks with Edna's memory that night.
If it be a fantastic
desire, it is better to leave to others the office of punishing him.
The Country in the Elbow of the Niger.--A Fantastic
View of the Hombori Mountains.--Kabra.--Timbuctoo.--The Chart of Dr.
In this ceaseless rush of shadows and shades, that, like the fantastic
forms of clouds cast darkly upon the waters on a windy day, fly past us to fall headlong below the hard edge of an implacable horizon, we must turn to the national spirit, which, superior in its force and continuity to good and evil fortune, can alone give us the feeling of an enduring existence and of an invincible power against the fates.
I feel the need to ascribe to him fantastic
theories about his predecessors, and it is with a certain sense of disillusion that I confess he thought about them pretty much as does everybody else.
Your article is absurd and fantastic
, but there's a transparent sincerity, a youthful incorruptible pride and the daring of despair in it.
"Our Pearl is a fitful and fantastic
little elf sometimes.
It was so in the case of a magazine sketch which I once started to write--a funny and fantastic
sketch about a prince an a pauper; it presently assumed a grave cast of its own accord, and in that new shape spread itself out into a book.