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If eyes were made for seeing Then Beauty is its own excuse for being Ralph Waldo Emerson The Rhodora The eyes are not to be trusted Human beings perceive the world mainly by sight it is our most trusted sense In fact if you try to convince someone especially an older person of something spectacular you will often hear him say Ill believe it when I see it Does sight deserve this kind of faith Human beings can only see what we call visible light and yet our eyes perceive less than one millionth of the electro-magnetic spectrum and even then our brain fills in parts we miss and interprets things that are fuzzy or hard to see Few have had to learn this lesson in a manner that exceeds in hardship that of Giovanni Guasconti His affair with Beatrice began not with his eyes absorbing her beauty but with his ears listening to her rich and youthful voice pg 3 Perhaps Giovanni should have trusted his instincts when he laid eyes on Rappaccini as the scientist tended to his perverse garden The young man knew something was amiss right away as he watched his neighbors demeanor in the garden and more importantly the events that shortly followed which lead to the painful death of a nearby lizard But in the true form of a human in denial and a young man in love he dismissed these events that he witnessed with his own eyes A great amount of this story was described with vivid imagery not unlike many literary works of the seventeenth century No pivotal scene was set without first a visual description of the surroundings with the exception of one central item the fountain This fountain a symbol of purity in this Garden of Eden was spared visual description so as to set it apart from the rest of the images The fountain marks the spot where Giovanni and Beatrice came to
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