1 For a long time I was their only care.
2 I profited of this time to rest for a few hours.
3 From this time a new spirit of life animated the decaying frame of the stranger.
4 Never was she so enchanting as at this time, when she recalled the sunshine of her smiles and spent them upon us.
5 These visions faded when I perused, for the first time, those poets whose effusions entranced my soul and lifted it to heaven.
6 I had determined at one time that the memory of these evils should die with me, but you have won me to alter my determination.
7 But just at that time I inherited the fortune of my cousin, and my thoughts were turned into the channel of their earlier bent.
8 When I found so astonishing a power placed within my hands, I hesitated a long time concerning the manner in which I should employ it.
9 After so much time spent in painful labour, to arrive at once at the summit of my desires was the most gratifying consummation of my toils.
10 He lost no time in endeavouring to seek him out, with the hope of persuading him to begin the world again through his credit and assistance.
11 These are the reflections of the first days; but when the lapse of time proves the reality of the evil, then the actual bitterness of grief commences.
12 Her father grew worse; her time was more entirely occupied in attending him; her means of subsistence decreased; and in the tenth month her father died in her arms, leaving her an orphan and a beggar.
13 I replied that I could not answer with any degree of certainty, for the ice had not broken until near midnight, and the traveller might have arrived at a place of safety before that time; but of this I could not judge.
14 Chemistry is that branch of natural philosophy in which the greatest improvements have been and may be made; it is on that account that I have made it my peculiar study; but at the same time, I have not neglected the other branches of science.
15 With a confusion of ideas only to be accounted for by my extreme youth and my want of a guide on such matters, I had retrod the steps of knowledge along the paths of time and exchanged the discoveries of recent inquirers for the dreams of forgotten alchemists.
16 He saw his mistress once before the destined ceremony; but she was bathed in tears, and throwing herself at his feet, entreated him to spare her, confessing at the same time that she loved another, but that he was poor, and that her father would never consent to the union.
17 And thus for a time I was occupied by exploded systems, mingling, like an unadept, a thousand contradictory theories and floundering desperately in a very slough of multifarious knowledge, guided by an ardent imagination and childish reasoning, till an accident again changed the current of my ideas.
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