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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 Title: The Patrician Author: John Galsworthy Release Date: June 14, 2006 [EBook #2774] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE PATRICIAN *** Produced by David Widger THE PATRICIAN By John Galsworthy PART I CHAPTER I Light, entering the vast room--a room so high that its carved ceiling refused itself to exact scrutiny--travelled, with the wistful, cold curiosity of the dawn, over a fantastic storehouse of Time.
Light, unaccompanied by the prejudice of human eyes, made strange revelation of incongruities, as though illuminating the dispassionate march of history. For in this dining hall--one of the finest in England--the Caradoc family had for centuries assembled the trophies and records of their existence.
Round about this dining hall they had built and pulled down and restored, until the rest of Monkland Court presented some aspect of homogeneity.
Here alone they had left virgin the work of the old quasi-monastic builders, and within it unconsciously deposited their souls.
For there were here, meeting the eyes of light, all those rather touching evidences of man’s desire to persist for ever, those shells of his former bodies, the fetishes and queer proofs of his faiths, together with the remorseless demonstration of their treatment at the hands of Time. The annalist might here have found all his needed confirmations; the analyst from this material formed the due equation of high birth; the philosopher traced the course of aristocracy, from its primeval rise in crude strength or subtlety, through centuries of power, to picturesque decadence, and the beginnings of its las...

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