For, if you reflect a moment, you will see that, while it is easy to choose what virtues we would have our wife possess, it is all but impossible to imagine those faults we would desire in her, which I think most lovers would admit add piquancy to the loved one, that fascinating wayward imperfection which paradoxically makes her perfect
And it must be noted that I say of our reason, and not of our imagination or of our senses: thus, for example, although we very clearly see the sun, we ought not therefore to determine that it is only of the size which our sense of sight presents; and we may very distinctly imagine the head of a lion joined to the body of a goat, without being therefore shut up to the conclusion that a chimaera exists; for it is not a dictate of reason that what we thus see or imagine is in reality existent; but it plainly tells us that all our ideas or notions contain in them some truth; for otherwise it could not be that God, who is wholly perfect
and veracious, should have placed them in us.
I am indeed, in a certain sense a Circle," replied the Voice, "and a more perfect
Circle than any in Flatland; but to speak more accurately, I am many Circles in one.
Yes, my boy, it forms a perfect
bar to the Straits of Lybia, and the soundings of Smith have proved that in former times the continents between Cape Boco and Cape Furina were joined.
But that perfect
state had lacked one thing even for mechanical perfection--absolute permanency.
A tragedy, then, to be perfect
according to the rules of art should be of this construction.
They merely drive them, at nightfall, to some sequestered little dell, and leave them there, at perfect
liberty, until the morning.
Had she been less beautiful,--if Envy's self could have found aught else to sneer at,--he might have felt his affection heightened by the prettiness of this mimic hand, now vaguely portrayed, now lost, now stealing forth again and glimmering to and fro with every pulse of emotion that throbbed within her heart; but seeing her otherwise so perfect
, he found this one defect grow more and more intolerable with every moment of their united lives.
And it was the touch of the imperfect upon the would-be perfect
that gave the sweetness, because it was that which gave the humanity.
I do not know how I have deserved to have a wife who was the perfect
friend and helpmate, the perfect
mistress and the perfect
She looked upon his perfect
, godlike figure and upon his handsome, smiling face and then she steeled her heart again by thoughts of her love spurned; by religious thoughts that damned the infidel who had desecrated the holy of holies; who had taken from the blood-stained altar of Opar the offering to the Flaming God--and not once but thrice.
It is what I dreamed of - the great and perfect
thing - when I was a simple young man, with sweet illusions and clean ideals.