Complete Letters (Oxford World's Classics) by Pliny the Younger

By Pliny the Younger

In those letters to his acquaintances and kinfolk, Pliny the more youthful, attorney, writer, and traditional thinker, presents a desirable perception into Roman lifestyles within the interval ninety seven to 112 advert. half autobiography, half social heritage, they record the profession and pursuits of a senator and prime imperial legitimate whose pals comprise the historians Tacitus and Suetonius. Pliny's letters conceal a variety of issues, from the modern political scene to family affairs, the tutorial method, the rituals and behavior of Roman faith, the remedy of slaves, and the phenomena of nature. He describes in brilliant element the eruption of Vesuvius, which killed his uncle, and the day-by-day exercises of a well-to-do Roman within the courts and at rest, within the urban, or having fun with rural objectives at his kingdom estates.

this can be a energetic new translation through eminent student Peter Walsh, in keeping with the Oxford Classical textual content and drawing at the most up-to-date scholarship. In his advent, Walsh considers the political heritage of the letters, the span of Pliny's profession, the variety of subject matters coated within the letters, and Pliny's literary sort. priceless notes determine the letters' recipients and clarify allusions to old occasions and phrases. A normal index is supplemented by means of particular indexes on points of social existence and Pliny's correspondents. This vintage will make nice examining for people with an curiosity in classical literature and historic history.

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That evening, Bernard exaggerates the encounter to Helmholtz, who sees his friend’s hypocrisy and boasting. As in the previous chapter, Helmholtz is ashamed for Bernard, and wishes he were less boastful and self-pitying. A week later, Bernard and Lenina take the Blue Pacific Rocket to Santa Fé in part 3. They spend the night there, and meet with the Warden of the Reservation the following morning. He lectures them on the specifics of the reservation: it covers 560,000 square kilometers and is divided into four Sub-Reservations, each contained by an electric fence that prevents escape (it kills on contact).

The last part of the chapter follows Lenina on an evening with John (Bernard is going out on a date himself, and asks Lenina to escort John to the Feelies). They go to see a Feely titled, “Three Weeks in a Helicopter. ” The story is that of a black man whose conditioning is wiped from his brain after a helicopter accident. He falls madly in love with a BetaPlus blonde, kidnaps her, and holds her captive in his helicopter for three weeks. She is rescued finally by three men, who send the man off to an Adult Re-Conditioning Centre (apparently this new society is prepared for incidents in which conditioning fails) and take the blonde as a mistress.

Henry answers with a stock response, sounding suspiciously like a hypnopaedic lesson: “All men are physico-chemically equal ... ” For this, of course, is no longer true in Huxley’s world. As they leave the Crematorium behind, neither Henry nor Lenina are disturbed by the thought of death; as Henry repeats, “there’s one thing we can be certain of; whoever he may have been, he was happy when he was alive. ” Back at Henry’s apartment, the couple eats dinner and takes soma with coffee after the meal.

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