Edgar Allan Poe - Tales of Mystery and Imagination. PDF

PDF This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE MYSTERY OF MARIE ROGET2 A SEQUEL TO "THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE" "Es giebt eine Reiho idealischer Begebenheiten, O der Wirklichkeit parallel lauft. Selten fallen sie zusammen. Menschen una zufalle modificiren gewohulich die idoalische Begebenheit, so dass sie unvollkommen erscheint, und ihre Folgen gleichfalls unvollkommen sind. So bei der Reformation; statt des Protestantismus kam d Lutberthum hervor." ("There are ideal series of events which run parallel with the real ones. They rarely coincide. Men and circumstances generally modify the ideal train of events, so that it seems imperfect, and its consequences are equally imperfect. Thus with the Reformation; instead of Protestantism came Luther anism."—NOVALIS (the nom de plume of Von Hardenburg), moral Ansichten.) THERE are few persons, even amongst the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half-credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them. Such sentiments—for the half credences of which I speak have never the full force of thought—such sentiments are seldom thoroughly stifled unless by reference to the doctrine of chance, or, as it is technically termed, the Calculus of Probabilities. Now this Calculus is, in its essence, purely mathematical; and thus we have the anomaly of the most rigidly exact in science applied to the shadow and spirituality of the most intangible in speculation. 1Rousseau, Nouvelle Heloise. 2Upon the original publication of " Marie Roget," the footnotes now appended were considered unnecessary; but the lapse of several years since the tragedy upon which the tale is based, renders it expedient to give them, and also to ...

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