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My Novel, Book 6
E. B. Lytton

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BOOK SIXTH. 

INITIAL CHAPTER. 

WHEREIN MR.  CAXTON IS PROFOUNDLY METAPHYSICAL. 

"Life," said my father, in his most dogmatical tone, "is a certain
quantity in time, which may be regarded in two ways,--First, as life
integral; Second, as life fractional.  Life integral is that complete
whole expressive of a certain value, large or small, which each man
possesses in himself.  Life fractional is that same whole seized upon and
invaded by other people, and subdivided amongst them.  They who get a
large slice of it say, 'A very valuable life this!' Those who get but a
small handful say, 'So, so; nothing very great!' Those who get none of
it in the scramble exclaim, 'Good for nothing!'" 

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