It was as if some transcendent musician should draw a soul-thrilling sweetness out of a cracked instrument, which makes its physical
imperfection heard in the midst of ethereal harmony,--so deep was the sensibility that found an organ in Hepzibah's voice!
She could not but tremble at these preparations; for she felt that -- having now done all that humanity, or principle, or, if so it were, a refined cruelty, impelled him to do for the relief of physical
suffering -- he was next to treat with her as the man whom she had most deeply and irreparably injured.
I thought of the physical
slightness of the people, their lack of intelligence, and those big abundant ruins, and it strengthened my belief in a perfect conquest of Nature.
There came three months of mental worry, hard rolling, remorse, and physical
pain to drive home the lesson of insufficient experience.
But their physical
excellence did not merely consist in an exemption from these evils; nearly every individual of their number might have been taken for a sculptor's model.
On the other hand, here come whole tribes of people whose physical
lives are but a deteriorated variety of life, and themselves a meaner species of mankind; so sad an effect has been wrought by the tainted breath of cities, scanty and unwholesome food, destructive modes of labor, and the lack of those moral supports that might partially have counteracted such bad influences.
As to whether any moral change accompanies a physical
one, I can only say that I have met no proof of the fact.
With all its gifts and opportunities it was a melancholy life-- melancholy with something not altogether explained by the somewhat pessimistic philosophy exposed in the Journal, nor by the consumptive tendency of Amiel's physical
constitution, causing him from a very early date to be much preoccupied with the effort to reconcile himself with the prospect of death, and reinforcing the far from sanguine temperament of one intellectually also a poitrinaire.
Either fact were enough to make them repulsive," replied the girl, "but it is the fact that they were without souls that made them totally impossible--one easily overlooks physical
deformity, but the moral depravity that must be inherent in a creature without a soul must forever cut him off from intercourse with human beings.
We had all braced our courage for death, but this fearful and sudden new fact--that we must continue to live after we had survived the race to which we belonged--struck us with the shock of a physical
blow and left us prostrate.