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CHAPTER XLV THEY DISCOURSE WITH AN OLD MAN. The evening was now far past, and they rose to return home. As they walked along the banks of the Nile, delighted …

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CHAPTER XLI THE ASTRONOMER DISCOVERS THE CAUSE OF HIS UNEASINESS. “At last the time came when the secret burst his reserve. We were sitting together last night in the turret …

About Rasselas

Wisdom transcends time and cultural differences “When I was in my early teens, I saw a production in Zulu of Shakespeare’s MacBeth. I don’t remember a great deal about it …

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CHAPTER XXXVII THE PRINCESS HEARS NEWS OF PEKUAH. In seven mouths one of the messengers who had been sent away upon the day when the promise was drawn from the …

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CHAPTER XXVIII RASSELAS AND NEKAYAH CONTINUE THEIR CONVERSATION. “Dear Princess,” said Rasselas, “you fall into the common errors of exaggeratory declamation, by producing in a familiar disquisition examples of national …

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CHAPTER XXXIII THE PRINCESS MEETS WITH AN UNEXPECTED MISFORTUNE. They rose up, and returned through the cavity at which they had entered; and the Princess prepared for her favourite a …

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CHAPTER XVII THE PRINCE ASSOCIATES WITH YOUNG MEN OF SPIRIT AND GAIETY. Rasselas rose next day, and resolved to begin his experiments upon life. “Youth,” cried he, “is the time …

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CHAPTER XXI THE HAPPINESS OF SOLITUDE—THE HERMIT’S HISTORY. They came on the third day, by the direction of the peasants, to the hermit’s cell. It was a cavern in the …

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CHAPTER XXV THE PRINCESS PURSUES HER INQUIRY WITH MORE DILIGENCE THAN SUCCESS. The Princess in the meantime insinuated herself into many families; for there are few doors through which liberality, …

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CHAPTER V THE PRINCE MEDITATES HIS ESCAPE. He now found that it would be very difficult to effect that which it was very easy to suppose effected. When he looked …

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CHAPTER IX THE HISTORY OF IMLAC (continued). “When I first entered upon the world of waters, and lost sight of land, I looked round about me in pleasing terror, and …

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CHAPTER XIII RASSELAS DISCOVERS THE MEANS OF ESCAPE. The Prince now dismissed his favourite to rest; but the narrative of wonders and novelties filled his mind with perturbation. He revolved …

Lecture Chapters 1 – 4

“Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that …

Lecture on Chapters 5 – 8

“Oppression is, in Abissinian dominions, neither frequent nor tolerated; but no form of government has been yet discovered, by which cruelty can be wholly prevented. Subordination supposes power on one …

About Theodore Dalrymple

This course was created by Dr. Anthony Daniels: an acclaimed cultural critic, essayist, and journalist. As an author and teacher, he writes and lectures under the nom de plume, “Theodore …