THE PRINCE ENTERS, AND BRINGS A NEW TOPIC
"ALL this," said the astronomer, "I have often thought, but my reason has been so long subjugated by an uncontrollable and overwhelming idea, that it durst not confide in its own decisions. I now see how fatally I betrayed my quiet, by suffering chimeras to prey upon me in secret; but melancholy shrinks from communication, and I never found a man before' to whom I could impart my troubles, though I had been certain of relief. I rejoice to find my own sentiments confirmed by yours, who are not easily deceived, and can have no motive or purpose to deceive. I hope that time and variety will dissipate the gloom that has so long surrounded me, and the latter part of my days will be spent in peace."
"Your learning and virtue," said Imlac, "may justly give you hopes."
Rasselas then entered with the princess and Pekuah, and inquired whether they had contrived any new diversions for the next day? "Such," said Nekayah, "is the state of life that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something to-morrow which I never saw before.".
"Variety," said Rasselas, "is so necessary to content, that even the Happy Valley disgusted me by the recur-
Chimeras : idle fancies.