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" ... interesting, silly, eloquent, troublesome. He cumbers himself never about consequences, about interests; he gives an independent, genuine verdict. You must court him; he does not court you. But the man is as it were clapped into jail by his consciousness.... "
Essays - Page 49
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1841 - 371 pages
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The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry

Elisa New, New Elisa, Powell M Cabot Professor of American Literature Elisa New - 1993 - 278 pages
...theology Good News? Emerson's description of the man who "once he has acted or spoken with eclat ... is a committed person, watched by the sympathy or the hatred of hundreds," exactly describes the Whitman declaiming his worst poem year after year to audiences who congregated...
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A Pitch of Philosophy: Autobiographical Exercises

Stanley Cavell - 1994 - 196 pages
...interesting, silly, eloquent, troublesome. . . . But the man is as it were clapped into jail by his consciousness. As soon as he has once acted or spoken...is a committed person, watched by the sympathy or by the hatred of hundreds, whose affections must now enter into his account. There is no Lethe for...
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No Less a Man: Masculist Art in a Feminist Age

Douglas Robinson - 1994 - 323 pages
...appear to love without appearing to need. Need without love would be Emerson's anti-ideal, the man "watched by the sympathy or the hatred of hundreds, whose affections must now enter into his account"—a man so entirely governed and imprisoned by his need for other people's feelings that he...
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The Child's Song: The Religious Abuse of Children

Donald Capps - 1995 - 188 pages
...he does not court you.7 In contrast, says Emerson, "the man is, as it were, clapped into jail by his consciousness. As soon as he has once acted or spoken...Lethe for this. Ah, that he could pass again into his neutrality!"8 Here Emerson, himself deprived as a boy of love and affection by Calvinistic parents...
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Contesting Tears: The Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman

Stanley Cavell, Walter M Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value Emeritus Honorary Associate of Adams House Stanley Cavell - 1996 - 255 pages
...verdict. You must court him; he does not court you. But the man is as it were clapped into jail by his consciousness. As soon as he has once acted or spoken...Lethe for this. Ah, that he could pass again into his neutrality! Who can thus avoid all pledges and, having observed, observe again from the same unaffected,...
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The Revival of Pragmatism: New Essays on Social Thought, Law, and Culture

Morris Dickstein, Stanley Fish, Fredric Jameson - 1998 - 453 pages
...it to anyone else? What happens when you do? To recall Emerson, "As soon as [the selfreliant person] has once acted or spoken with eclat he is a committed person" — one who has thereby devised only another prison for himself— "watched by the sympathy or the...
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The Good Life

Charles B. Guignon - 1999 - 325 pages
...verdict. You must court him; he does not court you. But the man is as it were clapped into jail by his consciousness. As soon as he has once acted or spoken...Lethe for this. Ah, that he could pass again into his neutrality! Who can thus avoid all pledges and, having observed, observe again from the same unaffected,...
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Emerson's Transcendental Etudes

Stanley Cavell, David Justin Hodge - 2003 - 277 pages
...the Perverse." In his fifth paragraph, Emerson says: "The man is as it were clapped into jail by his consciousness. As soon as he has once acted or spoken...enter into his account. There is no Lethe for this." The idea is that we have become permanently and unforgettably visible to one another, in a state of...
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Stanley Cavell

Richard Eldridge, Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy Richard Eldridge - 2003 - 248 pages
...conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature But the man is as it were clapped into jail by his consciousness. As soon as he has once acted or spoken...with eclat he is a committed person, watched by the sympatliy or the hatred of hundreds, whose affections must now enter into his account. There is no...
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Trying It Out in America: Literary and Other Performances

Richard Poirier, Wilson Follett - 2003 - 332 pages
...times, he is close to saying that the best, perhaps only way to do this, is to keep your mouth shut. "As soon as he has once acted or spoken with e'clat," he warns in the essay "SelfReliance," he is "a committed person." That is, he is sentenced to a jailhouse...
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