Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Don't Question the Revolution

from "A Knot of Dreamers"
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

We had left the the rusty iron frame-work of society behind us. We had broken through many hindrances that are powerful enough to keep most people on the weary tread-mill of the established system, even while they feel its irksomeness almost as intolerable as we did. We had stept down from the pulpit; we had flung aside the pen; we had shut up the ledger; we had thrown off that sweet, bewitching, enervating indolence, which is better, after all, than most of the enjoyments within mortal grasp. It was our purpose -- a generous one, certainly, and absurd, no doubt, in full proportion with its generosity -- to give up whatever we had hertofore attained, for the sake of showing mankind the example of a life governed by other than the false and cruel principles, on which human society has all along been based.


Blogger fred burgess! said...

good words, but hawthorne is probably more of the status quo than any other writer.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also, the scarlet letter SUX!

9:43 PM  

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