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The Deserted House by Ernest Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann from The lock and key library German stories 1909 1913 ed The Reviews of Reviews Co New York Edited by Louis E Van Norman THEY were all agreed in the belief that the actual facts of life are often far more wonderful than the invention of even the liveliest imagination can be It seems to me spoke Lelio that history gives proof sufficient of this And that is why the so-called historical romances seem so repulsive and tasteless to us those stories wherein the author mingles the foolish fancies of his meager brain with the deeds of the great powers of the universe Franz took the word It is the deep reality of the inscrutable secrets surrounding us that oppresses us with a might wherein we recognize the Spirit that rules the Spirit out of which our being springs Alas said Lelio it is the most terrible result of the fall of man that we have lost the power of recognizing the eternal verities Many are called but few are chosen broke in Franz Do you not believe that an understanding of the wonders of our existence is given to some of us in the form of another sense But if you would allow me to drag the conversation up from these dark regions where we are in danger of losing our path altogether up into the brightness of light-hearted merriment I would like to make the scurrilous suggestion that those mortals to whom this gift of seeing the Unseen has been given remind me of bats You know the learned anatomist Spallanzani has discovered a sixth sense in these little animals which can do not only the entire work of the other senses but work of its own besides Oho laughed Edward according to that the bats would be the only natural-born clairvoyants But I know one who possesses
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