In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

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I regret that I may not use the forbidden metaphor, "a star rising in the West." None other would so well express the gathering light and slow inevitability of ascension of Ambrose Bierce's fame. The Wise Men of the East first saw it as a feeble spark, scarcely to be detected through the haze and murk of the western horizon. "A little," they might have said, "and it will have set." But a little, and it had crept a degree farther up the literary heavens, and was finally visible even from Europe.

It had a strange quality, that star, a "cold inclemency of light" such as we find in Vega on a clear midnight of spring, an austerity in its blue crystal, the bleak brilliance that lances from the larger diamonds. There was a ray that touched man only in his hour of pain, of terror, of death--a ray that revealed what we hesitate to behold and which leaves the weaker beholders ungrateful for the vision accorded. The clairvoyance of the Greek drama-

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