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Further on he asks the following: Are there not moments in the history of heaven when the human race was not counted by individuals, but was only theInfluenced, was God in distribution, God rushing into multiform benefit? " (84). Compare the essay "Circles": "1 accuse myself of sloth and unprofitableness day by day; but when these waves of God flow into me, I no longer 28 The Trivial Sublime reckon lost time" (411). At the end of Nature, Emerson's "Orphic poet" teaches that Nature is not fixed but fluid.

The true doctrine of omnipresence is, that God reappears with all his parts in every moss and cobweb. (289; italics added) I do not know if all matter will be found to be made of one element, as oxygen or hydrogen, at last, but the world of manners and actions is wrought of one stuff, and, begin where we will, we are pretty sure in a short space to be mumbling our ten commandments. (367; italics added) ... so poor is nature with all her craft, that, from the beginning to the end of the universe, she has butone stuff, - but one stuff with its two ends, to serve up all her dream-like variety.

Said Captain Vere to the transfixed one, struck . by his [Billy's] aspect even more than by Claggart's. "Speak! " Which appeal caused but a strange dumb gesturing and gurgling in Billy; amazement at such an accusation so suddenly sprung on inexperienced nonage; this, and, it may be, horror of the accuser's eyes, serving to bring out his lurking defect . .. (223) Claggart's literary antecedents include Milton's Satan, " The tempter ere th' accuser of mankind" (PL lV, 10), and his model, the biblical accuser, Satan.

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