By Karel Capek
Written in the course of and correct after international struggle I, this quantity pairs brief tale collections from Karel Capek, one in every of the best Czech writers. the 1st assortment, “Wayside Crosses,” offers an agonized and unsuccessful look for God and fact. those metaphysical stories usually are not approximately discovering God up to they're approximately studying man’s boundaries, his terror and helplessness, and realizing the price of the continuing seek. the second one assortment, “Painful Tales,” includes extra lifelike tales of characters being compelled to make offerings during which one strong conflicts with one other.
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The two raised hands accuse the one responsible for this hideous, broken, lifeless substance, clotted with mud – and yet, oh God, so human, those hands! Nothing will obliterate – The dearest of faces appeared before my eyes, in a casket, eyes closed in sleep, hands crossed, and on its features an expression as if blessing me. Amidst the hours and flowers, those features slumbered with such dignity, they seemed holy. Ah, the more humane the man, the more likely to be dead, more likely than the celebrated man!
Timor Dei … Awe of the spirit. But what is material is without mystery. Without awe. Without the courage to feel awe. ” the inspector asked. “No,” said Slavík, annoyed. “Too bad. ” “Look,” Slavík continued, “all this is like some romantic tale. The night! The mountains! And on top of that, a revolver! Frankly, we’ve lost the trail. ” “No, sir,” the examiner gently objected. “Look, we detectives aren’t philosophers. For us, this is purely a practical, professional matter. Believe me, sir, every profession seems romantic from a distance.
He asked. “No. It depends on your temperament. Aren’t you a musician? ” “Oh, you mustn’t think that,” Jevíšek called ahead to him. “For instance, just recently … I composed most of a piece, a quartet, but – To make it short, I can’t get on with it. I don’t know what to do. ” “You ought to go on a search for it,” the detective advised. “Oh, an artist is always searching. All his life. But as it is now, I’m worn out. ” T HE M OUNTAIN 63 “Oh no, I really came with no particular interest. I was just looking forward to seeing something exciting, out of the ordinary.