Two hundred years later, when The Vision
of Piers the Ploughman was first printed, the printer in his preface explained alliterative verse very well.
Now I turned in my vision
, and looked at that bank of the river on which I stood.
He continued to stare at the vision
of what had happened in the long ago.
At last, to complete a series of minor indiscretions, at a meeting of our Local Speculative Society held at the palace of the Prefect himself, -- some extremely silly person having read an elaborate paper exhibiting the precise reasons why Providence has limited the number of Dimensions to Two, and why the attribute of omnividence is assigned to the Supreme alone -- I so far forgot myself as to give an exact account of the whole of my voyage with the Sphere into Space, and to the Assembly Hall in our Metropolis, and then to Space again, and of my return home, and of everything that I had seen and heard in fact or vision
had begun when my father was speaking of our going to Prague.
It was a crushing memory, an exhausting vision
of countless breakfast trays carried up and down innumerable stairs, of endless haggling over pence, of the endless drudgery of sweeping, dusting, cleaning, from basement to attics; while the impotent mother, staggering on swollen legs, cooked in a grimy kitchen, and poor Stevie, the unconscious presiding genius of all their toil, blacked the gentlemen's boots in the scullery.
Oh, yes; I have frequently seen shadows pass close to me, approach, and disappear; but I took them for visions
raised by my feverish imagination, and indeed when you entered I thought I was under the influence of delirium.
But then you come; and you're so much more than I remembered, and what I want of you is so much more than an hour or two every now and then, with wastes of thirsty waiting between, that I can sit perfectly still beside you, like this, with that other vision
in my mind, just quietly trusting to it to come true.
Dorothea had less of outward vision
than usual this morning, being filled with images of things as they had been and were going to be.
And the vision
of them, and the hurt of her hunger stirred her afresh, so that she gathered her body and measured the distance for the leap.
In natural science, I have understood, there is nothing petty to the mind that has a large vision
of relations, and to which every single object suggests a vast sum of conditions.
But more visions
burned before the eye of Rivera's memory.