The parentage and birth of Cleopatra.--Cleopatra's residence in Egypt.--Physical aspect of Egypt.--The eagle's wings and science.--Physical peculiarities of Egypt connected with the laws of rain.--General laws of rain.--Causes which modify the quantity of rain.--Striking contrasts.--Rainless regions.--Great rainless region of Asia and Africa.--The Andes.--Map of the rainless region.--Valley of the Nile.--The Red Sea.--The oases.--Siweh.--Mountains of the Moon.--The River Nile.--Incessant rains.--Inundation of the Nile.--Course of the river.--Subsidence of the waters.--Luxuriant vegetation.--Absence of forests.--Great antiquity of Egypt.--Her monuments.--The Delta of the Nile.--The Delta as seen from the sea.--Pelusiac mouth of the Nile.--The Canopic mouth.--Ancient Egypt.--The Pyramids.--Conquests of the Persians and Macedonians.--The Ptolemies.--Founding of Alexandria.--The Pharos.
The hens and master cock are in fine feather, and the cats complain greatly over your absence, albeit they have plenty to eat."
~The Wife of Some Great Officer Bewails His Absence~ Shrill chirp the insects in the grass; All about the hoppers spring.
Second specimen: A youth, after years of absence, revisits his native place, and thinks (as most people do) that there has been strange alteration in his absence,-- "And that the rocks And everlasting hills themselves were changed."
I have your leave For a short absence?--and your Katherine-- SELBY You'll find her in her closet-- MRS.
Several times after this Mr. Alcando went off, by himself for more or less prolonged absences.
Placido Penitente, fifteen unexcused absences--" Placido started up. "
Next year, if I can spare a day or two of it, I will come to Manchester, but I have reasons at home against longer absences.-- I am so ill just at present--(an illness of my own procuring last night; who is Perfect?)--that nothing but your very great kindness could make me write.
Now there was silence in the room, and absence,--such unuse about all things,--such a terrible stillness!
Of course, I supposed that such vessels came in unexpectedly, after indefinite years of absence,--suddenly as falling stones; and that the great guns roared in their astonishment and delight at the sight of the old warship splitting the bay with her cutwater.
I felt, indeed, like the stalwart progenitor in person, returning to the hereditary haunts after more than two hundred years, and finding the church, the hall, the farm-house, the cottage, hardly changed during his long absence,--the same shady by-paths and hedge-lanes, the same veiled sky, and green lustre of the lawns and fields,--while his own affinities for these things, a little obscured by disuse, were reviving at every step.
They were often given, too, in his absence.--This demise of Agrippa was not only a private loss to his own household, but a public loss to all the Romans, as was shown by the fact that portents occurred on this occasion as great as were usually seen before the most tremendous disasters.
Impossible is it to conceive, without being in the very circumstances Horatio was, what a strange variety of mingled passions agitated his breast on having to read, and considered these letters:--to find such unhoped condescension from the baron de Palfoy and that Dorilaus was still living, and had the same, if not more tender inclinations for him than ever, the latter of which he had long since ceased to hope, was sufficient to have overwhelmed even the most phlegmatic person with an excess of joy:--but then the dark expressions in both these letters put his brain on the rack.--The baron had seemed to refer to an explanation of what he darkly hinted at in the letter of Dorilaus, but that he found rather more obsolete: he could imagine nothing farther than that Dorilaus having resolved to make him his heir, as he remembered some people said before he left England, on the knowledge of that intelligence the baron de Palfoy had consented to his marriage with mademoiselle Charlotta, and this, her being permitted to write to him confirmed.--This indeed was the supreme aim of his desires; and this it was that made him quit St. Germains, in hope of raising himself to a condition which might enable her to own her affection to him without a blush: but transporting as this idea was, it was mingled with disquiet, to reflect on the terms which both the Baron and Dorilaus seemed to insist on for the accomplishment of his wishes, tho' he impatiently longed to see Dorilaus after so long an absence.--Tho' in the possession of Charlotta all his hopes were centered, yet to leave a prince who had so highly favoured him, and under whose banners he had gained so much consideration, was a piece of ingratitude, which it was worse than death for him to be guilty of.--No!
The abbess took advantage of her melancholy, as knowing the occasion of it, and began to represent, in the strongest terms, the instability of all human expectations:--you may easily see, my dear child, said she, that monsieur either no longer lives, or ceases to live for you:--young men are wavering, every new object attracts their wishes;--they are impatient for a time, but soon grow cool;--absence renders them forgetful of their vows and promises;--there is no real dependance on them;--fly therefore to that divine love which never can deceive you;--give yourself up to heaven, and you will soon be enabled to despise the fickle hopes of earth.
"Apres quelques ans d'absence, Au rencontre elle s'elance; Elle se fait une toilette de tres bon gout-- Des pantoufles sur les pieds, Des lunettes sur le nez, Et un collier sur le cou--c'etait tout.
L'ambassadeur evita une reponse directe en alleguant l'absence d'instructions.