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Michael Gregory

Since Love by its Very Nature

by Michael Gregory sober pleasures that arise - Mary Wollstonecraft 1 Since love by its very nature is transitory, inevitably succeeded either by friendship or by indifference (any effort to make it constant a search for the philosopher's stone) the most holy bond in society she said is friendship and virtue is available equally to both sexes however much one denies it (refusing to make conscious let alone own up to) its tyranny over the other. 2 Feasts delight the heart of man she said though death and disease lurk in the cup and dainty. So the heated imagination draws the picture of love from rainbows, its hand directed by a mind condemned in this world to prove its noble origin by panting after unattainable perfection. Imagination of this ingenious cast can give existence to insubstantial forms, stability to the shadowy reveries the mind naturally falls into when realities are she said found vapid: it can depict love with celestial charms dote on the grand ideal object imagine a degree of mutual affection which shall refine the soul and not expire when it has served as a scale to heaven, and make it absorb like sacred devotion every meaner affection and desire, picture lovers in each otherís arms as in a temple the world shut out. 3 When the loved one ceases to be a lover will she whose whole life was pleasing him have sufficient energy she asked to look into herself for comfort and cultivate dormant faculties or will her desire of pleasing grow languid or bitter and love (most evanescent of passions) transmute into jealousy and vanity; or isn't it more rational to think that though she would shrink from an intrigue she would nonetheless wish to be convinced by the homage of gallantry that she is cruelly neglected by her distracted lover and so try to please other men by exciting the emotions raised by new conquests not to gratify her vanity but her heart, not coquetry but the artless impulse of nature in her and try in doing her best to please, to forget the mortifications her love and pride have suffered.

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