Blogword No. 34: Dare

One word that has the alacrity to question one’s own sense of self and the audacity to issue a challenge to another’s honor! 

Ambition, appetite—all such words signify some one sacrificed to some one satiated. It is sad that hope should be wicked. Is it that the outpourings of our wishes flow naturally to the direction to which we most incline—that of evil? One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface. Almost all our desires, when examined, contain what we dare not avow.

In the completely wicked man this exists in hideous perfection. So much the worse for others, signifies so much the better for himself. The shadows of the caverns of man’s mind.

– Chapter 9 – The Man Who Laughs – Victor Hugo

 It’s a rough journey, and a sad heart to travel it; and we must pass by Gimmerton Kirk, to go that journey! We’ve braved its ghosts often together, and dared each other to stand among the graves and ask them to come…  But Heathcliff, if I dare you now, will you venture? If you do, I’ll keep you. I’ll not lie there by myself: they may bury me twelve feet deep and throw the church down over me; but I won’t rest till you are with me…I never will!”

 – Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

1 Response to “Blogword No. 34: Dare”

  1. Friday, February 23, 2007 at 11:29

    hayeeee wuthering heights. that was one of my favorite parts in the book.

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February 2007

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