LILITH A Fantasy Novel By George MacDonald - online book

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every time I wokg, it was to see, instead of an angel-visage with lustrous eyes, the white, motionless, wasted face upon the couch. But Adam himself, when first he saw her asleep, could not have looked more anxiously for Eve's awaking than I watched for this woman's. Adam knew nothing of himself, perhaps nothing of his need of another self; I, an alien from my fellows, had learned to love what I had lost! Were this one wasted shred of womanhood to disappear, I should have nothing in me but a consuming hunger after life ! I forgot even the Little Ones : things were not amiss with them! here lay what might wake and be a woman ! might actually open eyes, and look out of them upon me !
Now first I knew what solitude meant—now that I gazed on one who neither saw nor heard, neither moved nor spoke. I saw now that a man alone is but a being
that may become a man - that he is but a need and ther. fore a possibility be enough for himself, a being must be an eternal, se]f-existent worm ! So superbly constituted, so simply complicate is man; he rises from and stands upon such a pedestal of lower physical organ­isms and spiritual structures, that no atmosphere will comfort or nourish his life, less divine than that offered by other souls; nowhere but in other lives can he breathe. Only by the reflex of other lives can he ripen his specialty, develop the idea of himself, the indi­viduality that distinguishes him from every other. Were all men alike, each would still have an individu­ality, secured by his personal consciousness, but there would be small reason why there should be more than two or three such; while, for the development of the differences which make a large and lofty unity possible,
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