Ducdame by John Cowper Powys

By John Cowper Powys

Ducdame was once John Cowper Powys' fourth novel released in 1925. it's set in Dorset. The protagonist, Rook Ashover (a splendidly Powysian identify) is an introverted younger squire with a drawback: to head on loving his mistress, Netta web page, or, make a decent marriage and convey an inheritor. Of his early novels (pre- Wolf Solent) this one is frequently thought of to be the main rigorously developed and most sensible equipped. Like all of them it encompasses a gallery of wealthy, advanced characters and wonderful writing.

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But they assuring me of their assistance, in correcting my faults where I spoke improperly, I was encourag'd to attempt it, that I might not be 10 wanting in what I cou'd, to satisfie the desires of so many Gentlemen who were willing to give the world this usefull Work. They have effectually perform'd their promise to me; and I have been as carefull on my side, to take their advice in all things; so that the Reader may assure himself of a tolerable Translation: Not Elegant, for I propos'd not that to my self; but familiar, clear and instructive.

But Zeuxis, who from the choice which he made of Five Virgins, drew that wonderfull Picture of Helena, which Cicero in his Oratour beforemention'd, sets be20 fore us as the most perfect Example of Beauty, at the same time admonishes a Painter, to contemplate the Idea's of the most Natural Forms; and to make a judicious choice of several Bodies, all of them the most Elegant which he can find: by which we may plainly understand that he thought it impossible to find in any one Body all those Perfections which he sought for the accomplishment of a Helena, because Nature in any individual person makes nothing that is perfect in all its parts.

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