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Arthur Machen

The Great God Pan

    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    "the most vivid presentment of evil I have ever seen."
    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    The two men sat silent by the fireside; Clarke secretly congratulating himself on having successfully kept up the character of advocate of the commonplace, and Villiers wrapped in his gloomy fancies.
    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    He wouldn't go into details; he said he dare not, that what he had seen and heard haunted him by night and day, and when I looked in his face I knew he was speaking the truth. There was something about the man that made me shiver. I don't know why, but it was there. I gave him a little money and sent him away, and I assure you that when he was gone I gasped for breath. His presence seemed to chill one's blood."
    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    I stood for a moment on the pavement, thinking what a mystery there is about London streets and the companies that pass along them.
    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    and I expect if that one dead man could have told tales, he would have told some uncommonly queer ones.
    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    'Pardon me,' he replied, 'I know perfectly well what caused death. Blank died of fright, of sheer, awful terror; I never saw features so hideously contorted in the entire course of my practice, and I have seen the faces of a whole host of dead.'
    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    said, absurdly enough, that the house had the most unpleasant physiognomy he had ever observed, but, at any rate, he glanced down the area and was a good deal astonished to see a man lying on the stones,
    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    course the police did not make the discovery; if you happen to be sitting up all night and have a light in your window, the constable will ring the bell, but if you happen to be lying dead in somebody's area, you will be left alone.
    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    Villiers mused curiously over the story he had heard, and wondered whether he had heard both the first and the last of it. "No," he thought, "certainly not the last, probably only the beginning. A case like this is like a nest of Chinese boxes; you open one after the other and find a quainter workmanship in every box. Most likely poor Herbert is merely one of the outside boxes; there are stranger ones to follow."
    Diego Ivánhas quoted3 years ago
    but rather an indefinite terror which hung about him like a mist
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