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THE DAY AFTER TO-MORROW
not, seems all-important, drops in our esteem, as
soon as we have it, to a mere pre-requisite of living.
That for which man hves is not the same thing for
all individuals nor in all ages ; yet it has a common
base ; what he seeks and what he must have is that
which will seize and hold his attention. Regular
meals and weatherproof lodgings will not do this
long. Play in its wide sense, as the artificial induc-
tion of sensation, including all games and all arts,
will, indeed, go far to keep him conscious of himself ;
but in the end he wearies for realities. Study or
experiment, to some rare natures, is the unbroken
pastime of a life. These are enviable natures ; people
shut in the house by sickness often bitterly envy
them ; but the commoner man cannot continue to
exist upon such altitudes : his feet itch for physical
adventure ; his blood boils for physical dangers,
pleasures, and triumphs ; his fancy, the looker after
new things, cannot continue to look for them in
books and crucibles, but must seek them on the
breathing stage of life. Pinches, buffets, the glow
of hope, the shock of disappointment, furious con-
tention with obstacles : these are the true elixir for
all vital spirits, these are what they seek alike in
their romantic enterprises and their unromantic
dissipations. When they are taken in some pinch
closer than the common, they cry, ' Catch me here
again ! ' and sure enough you catch them there again
— perhaps before the week is out. It is as old as
' Robinson Crusoe ' ; as old as man. Our race has
not been strained for all these ages through that
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Volume 11, 1895 - Miscellanies, Volume III
DescriptionContents: Virginibus Puerisque; Later Essays: Fontainbleau, Realism*, Style*, Morality*, Books which have Influenced Me, Day after Tomorrow*, Letter to a Young Gentleman, Pulvis, Christmas Sermon, Damien.
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Edinburgh edition, 1894-98 - Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionEdinburgh edition. Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans Green and Co, 1894-98. [28 volumes in total, only some of which NLS has digitised.]
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Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 [Author]
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Colvin, Sidney, 1845-1927 [Editor]
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DescriptionFull text versions of early editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes 'Kidnapped', 'The Master of Ballantrae' and other well-known novels, as well as 'Prince Otto', 'Dynamiter' and 'St Ives'. Also early British and American book editions, serialisations of novels in newspapers and literary magazines, and essays by Stevenson.
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