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Sat Apr 01 00:24:55 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of At Large, by Arthur Christopher Benson This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: At Large Author: Arthur Christopher Benson Release Date: November, 2003 [Etext #4613] Posting Date: December 3, 2009 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK AT LARGE *** Produced by Don Lainson and Charles Aldarondo AT LARGE By Arthur Christopher Benson Haec ego mecum 1908 Contents I. THE SCENE II. CONTENTMENT III. FRIENDSHIP IV. HUMOUR V. TRAVEL VI. SPECIALISM VII. OUR LACK OF GREAT MEN VIII.
SHYNESS IX. EQUALITY X. THE DRAMATIC SENSE XI. KELMSCOTT AND WILLIAM MORRIS XII. A SPEECH DAY XIII.
LITERARY FINISH XIV. A MIDSUMMER DAY’S DREAM XV. SYMBOLS XVI. OPTIMISM XVII.
JOY XVIII.
THE LOVE OF GOD EPILOGUE I.
THE SCENE Sat Apr 01 00:24:55 2017 2 Yes, of course it is an experiment! But it is made in corpore vili. It is not irreparable, and there is no reason, more’s the pity, why I should not please myself.
I will ask--it is a rhetorical question which needs no answer--what is a hapless bachelor to do, who is professionally occupied and tied down in a certain place for just half the year? What is he to do with the other half? I cannot live on in my college rooms, and I am not compelled to do so for economy.
I have near relations and many friends, at whose houses I should be made welcome.
But I cannot be like the wandering dove, who found no repose.
I have a great love of my independence and my liberty.
I love my own fireside, my own chair, my own books, my own way.
It is little short of torture to have to conform to the rules of other households, to fall in with other people’s arrangements, to throw my pen down when the gong sounds, to make myself agreeable ...





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