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A STRANGE STORY

BY THE SAME AUTHOR,

UNIFORM WITH THIS VOLUME.

PELHAM.

FALKLAND, AND ZICCI,

DEVEREUX.

THE DISOWNED.
PAUL CLIFFORD.
EUGENE ARAM.
GODOLPHIN.
THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII.

THE PILGRIMS OF THE RHINE

AND THE HAUNTED AND

HAUNTERS. ERNEST MALTRAVERS. ALICE. LUCRETIA. NIGHT AND MORNING. KENELM CHILLINGLY. THE PARISIANS. Volume I. THE PARISIANS. Volume II.

THE COMING RACE. THE CAXTONS. MY NOVEL. Volume I. MY NOVEL. Volume II. MY NOVEL. Volume III. WHAT WILL HE DO WITH IT?

Volume I. WHAT WILL HE DO WITH IT?

Volume II.

RIENZI.

THE LAST OF THE BARONS.

Volume I.

THE LAST OF THE BARONS.

Volume II.

LEILA, CALDERON, AND

PAUSANIAS.

HAROLD.

ZANONI

e Novels,

BY

THE RIGHT HON. LORD LYTTON

To doubt and to be astonished is to recognise our ignorance.
Hence it is that the lover of wisdom is in a certain sort a lover of
mythi (pud buvoós tws), for the subject of mythi is the astonishing
and marvellous '--SIR W. HAMILTON (after Aristotle), Lectures on
Metaphysics, vol. i. p. 78

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PREFACE.

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Of the many illustrious thinkers whom the schools of France have contributed to the intellectual philosophy of our age, Victor Cousin, the most accomplished, assigns to Maine de Biran the rank of the most original.

In the successive developments of his own mind, Maine de Biran may, indeed, be said to represent the change that has been silently at work throughout the general mind of Europe since the close of the last century. He begins his career of philosopher with blind faith in Condillac and Materialism. As an intellect severely conscientious in the pursuit of truth expands amidst the perplexities it revolves, phenomena which cannot be accounted for by Condillac's sensuous theories open to his eye. To the first rudimentary life of man, the animal life, “characterized by impressions, appetites, movements, organic in their origin and ruled by the Law of Necessity,” he is compelled to add“ the second, or human life, from which Free-will and Self-consciousness emerge." He thus arrives at the union of mind and matter; but still a something is wanted—some key to the marvels which neither of these conditions of vital being suffices to explain. And at last the grand self-completing Thinker attains to the Third Life of Man in Man's Soul. "

“There are not,” says this philosopher, towards the close of his last and loftiest work—“There are not only two principles opposed to each other in Man, there are three. For there are in him three lives and three orders of faculties.

1 Euvres inédites de Maine de Biran, vol. i. See Introduction.

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