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PIERRE


OR, THE AMBIGUITIES


BY

HERMAN MELVILLE




CONSTABLE AND COMPANY LTD

LONDON • BOMBAY • SYDNEY

1923

CONTENTS

BOOK PAGE
I. PIERRE JUST EMERGING FROM HIS TEENS 1
II. LOVE, DELIGHT, AND ALARM 27
III. THE PRESENTIMENT AND THE VERIFICATION 58
IV. RETROSPECTIVE 92
V. MISGIVINGS AND PREPARATIONS 120
VI. ISABEL, AND THE FIRST PART OF THE STORY OF ISABEL 153
VII. INTERMEDIATE BETWEEN PIERRE'S TWO INTERVIEWS WITH ISABEL AT THE FARM-HOUSE 180
VIII. THE SECOND INTERVIEW AT THE FARM-HOUSE, AND THE SECOND PART OF THE STORY OF ISABEL. THEIR IMMEDIATE IMPULSIVE EFFECT UPON PIERRE 201
IX. MORE LIGHT, AND THE GLOOM OF THAT LIGHT; MORE GLOOM, AND THE LIGHT OF THAT GLOOM 231
X. THE UNPRECEDENTED FINAL RESOLUTION OF PIERRE 240
XI. HE CROSSES THE RUBICON 254
XII. ISABEL: MRS. GLENDINNING: THE PORTRAIT: AND LUCY 262
XIII. THEY DEPART THE MEADOWS 280
XIV. THE JOURNEY AND THE PAMPHLET 284
XV. THE COUSINS 301
XVI. FIRST NIGHT OF THEIR ARRIVAL IN THE CITY 320
XVII. YOUNG AMERICA IN LITERATURE 341
XVIII. PIERRE, AS A JUVENILE AUTHOR, RECONSIDERED 358
XIX. THE CHURCH OF THE APOSTLES 369
XX. CHARLIE MILLTHORPE 383
XXI. PIERRE IMMATURELY ATTEMPTS A MATURE WORK. TIDINGS FROM THE MEADOWS. PLINLIMMON 393
XXII. THE FLOWER-CURTAIN LIFTED FROM BEFORE A TROPICAL AUTHOR, WITH SOME REMARKS ON THE TRANSCENDENTAL FLESH-BRUSH PHILOSOPHY 411
XXIII. A LETTER FOR PIERRE. ISABEL. ARRIVAL OF LUCY'S EASEL AND TRUNKS AT THE APOSTLES' 427
XXIV. LUCY AT THE APOSTLES' 448
XXV. LUCY, ISABEL, AND PIERRE. PIERRE AT HIS BOOK. ENCELADUS 459
XXVI. A WALK: A FOREIGN PORTRAIT: A SAIL: AND THE END 485

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.