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79 Perhaps it might seem fair enough of Hawthorne to do the same to Fuller. ' 29 failed to materialise into the awaited female saviour. The problem is that Hawthorne was himself so rabidly uncharitable in his remarks, to the effect that Fuller was better off dead. ') Even before she met Sand - after which she wrote 'M[m]e. Sand personally inspired me with warm admiration and esteem; she would have done so, if I had read no word of hers' 80 Fuller was ultimately able to distinguish between the woman and the work.

I smiled - somewhat bitterly, it is true - in contemplation of my own ill-luck. How little did these two women care for me, who had freely conceded all their claims, and a great deal more, out of the fullness of my heart; while Hollingsworth, by some necromancy of his horrible injustice, seemed to have brought them both to their feet! 'Women almost invariably behave thus,' thought I. 'What does the fact mean? Is it their nature? Or is it, at last, the result of ages of compelled degradation? ' An intuition now appeared to possess all the party that, for this time, at least, there was no more to be said.

She was the marble image of a deathagony. Her arms had grown rigid in the act of struggling, and were bent before her with clenched hands; her knees, too, were bent, and - thank God for it - in the attitude of prayer. Ah, that rigidity! It is impossible to bear the terror of it. It seemed, - I must needs impart so much of my own miserable idea,- it seemed as if her body must keep the same position in the coffin, and that her skeleton would keep it in the grave, and that when Zenobia rose at the day of judgement, it would be in just the same attitude as now!

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