Adolphe (Penguin Classics) by Benjamin Constant

By Benjamin Constant

Adolphe is a privileged and sophisticated younger guy, bored through the stupidity he perceives on the earth round him. After a couple of meaningless conquests, he eventually encounters Ellenore, a stunning and passionate older girl. Adolphe is enraptured and progressively wears down her resistance to his declarations of affection. yet as they embark on an extreme and tortured affair, Ellenore provides strategy to a flood of emotion that in simple terms serves to repel her more youthful lover - but he can't deliver himself to go away her and his procrastination can in simple terms convey tragedy. in part encouraged by means of Constant's personal stormy affair with Madame de Staël, Adolphe (1816) is a penetrating mental depiction of affection that plumbs the depths of the passions, explanations and inconsistencies of the human personality.

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Eleven per cent verminous; think what it means! Think what the homes must be like from which these poor little wretches come! 1 These public health problems, along with alcoholism, a problem as serious then as drug abuse is today, infuriated Wells because he thought social management and technology could eliminate them. But it would be a mistake to think Wells felt sorry for the poor because he had lived in poverty as a boy and felt he could better their lot. Actually, he felt contempt for the poor and, by 1895, has left his poverty behind forever: He earns almost 800 pounds per year from his writing, enough to put him solidly in the middle class.

They are, then, any crisis that threatens humanity and that will stimulate the formation of a totally organized collective state designed to protect the future of all people. Their spaceships, their weapons (they use a heat-ray, poison gas, and fighting machines), are nothing more than imaginative projections, Wells舗s way of providing his intervening agency with the means to destroy the old order of society. The Martians also reflect Wells himself. Just as the bicycle liberated Wells from the limitations of a weak body, the machines used by the Martians, who are weighed down because the pull of gravity is stronger on Earth than it is on Mars, enable them to move swiftly and attack without warning.

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