By Bryan Magee
In regards to the writer: Bryan Magee has had a amazing occupation as a school professor, song and theater critic, member of Parliament, and writer. he's popular for 2 well known BBC tv sequence on philosophy. between his the world over acclaimed books are the tale of Philosophy, The Philosophy of Schopenhauer, and facets of Wagner. He lives in London.
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She looked up at McCulliver white faced and dry eyed. Farmg Dl'alh 43 He said to her: 'You see ... ' and then paused for a moment: 'It's much worse than we expected. Our tests revealed that the disease is widely spread. ' The young doctor bit his lower lip. ' He watched her carefully. ' Her control of herself was tight enough to anaesthetize feeling. ' Dr. McCulliver seated himself at his desk, a mundane action that made a tiny break in the tension and enabled him to start adopting a more businesslike manner.
She poured the words out in a lively and intense way that was like her mother's. ' The edge of impatience in her voice made Hugo feel that to delay the blow would be more cruel than to let it fall. 'Well it's what he's got. Mamma at the hospital today. What John doesn't realize is that it's- it's fatal. He's not likely to live more than a couple of years. ' 48 Facing Death His hand slid down her arm to clasp her hand and take it between both of his. She looked at him with enormous eyes. Her face took on the expression of a little girl's - her instant reaction was to let her feelings regress to a stage of emotional development at which the news would impinge on her less.
You all keep saying John couldn't bear it,' said Keir. 'How do you know? People have been facing death bravely since the beginning of history, including millions of young men. ' 'Perhaps he would,' said Lady Winterborne, 'but what's the point? What on earth's the point of putting him through a horrific experience just to show he can take it? ' Keir collapsed into a harrowed silence. He felt inadequate to answer Lady Winterborne in any terms that she could see the point of. In her own terms she was unanswerable.