Is this to prognosticate peace, or to mock at my unhappiness?
The labors of men of genius, however enormously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.
Do I not deserve to accomplish some great purpose? My life might have been passed in ease and luxury; but I preferred glory to every enticement that wealth placed in my path.
Such the words of fate- renounced to destroy me.
I had begun life with benevolent intentions, and thirsted for the moment when I should put them in practice and make myself useful to my fellow beings.
And I, who continually sought the attainment of one object of pursuit was solely wrapt up in this
Science which could never even step within the threshold of real knowledge.
I have lately been so deeply engaged in one occupation, that I have not allowed myself sufficient rest, as you see; but I hope, I sincerely hope, that these employments are now at an end and I am at length free.
On you it rests, whether I quit forever the neighbourhood of man and lead a harmless life, or become the scourge or your fellow creatures, and the author of your own speedy ruin.
You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be.
Deduce an apt moral from my tale; banish these dark passions.
In a evil hour I subscribed to a lie; and now only am I truly miserable.
Most irreparable evil; the void that presents itself to the soul;
Chance - or rather the evil influence, the Angel of Destruction.
For the first
Hapless victims to my unhallowed arts
I, not in deed, but in effect, was a creature capable of crime which none but the devil himself could have perpetrated.
Life, although it may only be a accumulation of anguish, is deal to me, and
Which I desired to divine.
I have one want which I have never yet been able to satisfy; and the absence of an object which I now feel as a most severe evil.
In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder
Yet with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness didn’t not restrain our enquiries
The brightness of a beloved eye can be extinguished, and the sound of a voice so familiar and dear to the ear can be hushed, never more to be heard.
A churchyard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life, which, from being the seat of beauty and strength, had become for the worm.
Filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose.
Conception of the trembling sensation, half pleasurable and half fearful.
It had then filled me with a sublime ecstasy, that gave wings to the soul, and allowed it to soar from the obscure world to light and joy. Awful and majestic.
A day memorable to me: it decided my future destiny.
While I watched the tempest, so beautiful yet terrific,
Treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.
The stars themselves being witness and testimonies to my triumph. Why not still proceed over the untamed yet obedient element? What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?
One mans life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race.
I should have been happy,
but my enthusiasm was checked.
Disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created.
A hell to me;
My soul, which I do not understand
Was not splintered by the shock but entirely reduced to thin ribbons of wood.
I did confess but I confessed a lie. I confessed that I might obtain absolution; but now that falsehood lies heavier at my heart than all my other sins. The god of heaven forgive me!
When falsehood can look so like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness?
Thus spoke my prophetic soul, as torn my remorse,
Confirmed my resolution.
It seems to me as if this almost miraculous change if inclination and will was the immediate suggestion of the guardian angel of my life.
The mere presence of the idea was irresistible proof of the fact.
It was a strong effort of the spirit of good; but it was ineffectual. Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction.
My tale conveys in its series internal evidence of the truth of the events of which it is composed
The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature.
May this be the last misfortune that you ever suffer! Live, and be happy, and make others so.
My first editing experiment was focused on the importance of punctuation as a method of editing. To do this, I removed the words – the actual content that is edited by punctuation – from a book and analyse the result.
I found that removing the written words from the book – “the Silent Country” – revealed an emotional language within itself expressed purely through punctuation. The findings surprised me, presenting the highs, lows, pauses and flow of the original words, which would not possess the same meaning without the punctuation.
Each Page of the book is represented through a line presenting its punctuation.
I have presented my findings in a PDF book format.
Note* Attached as link to google drop-box file.
Screen will appear blank grey. Press download button in top right and download file directly :)