22 December 2017

In the Company of the Great Dead

Arthur Conan Doyle, Through the Magic Door  (London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1907), pp. 133-134:
It is good to have the magic door shut behind us. On the other side of that door are the world and its troubles, hopes and fears, headaches and heartaches, ambitions and disappointments; but within, as you lie back on the green settee, and face the long lines of your silent soothing comrades [i.e., the books on your shelves], there is only peace of spirit and rest of mind in the company of the great dead. Learn to love, learn to admire them; learn to know what their comradeship means; for until you have done so the greatest solace and anodyne God has given to man have not yet shed their blessing upon you. Here behind this magic door is the rest house, where you may forget the past, enjoy the present, and prepare for the future.
Arthur Conan Doyle's study
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