Of the stratagems of life the most cruel is the consolation of love — the most subtle, too; for the desire is the bed of dreams. Victory - Page 219by Joseph Conrad - 1924 - 412 pagesFull view
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Leon Harold Craig - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 439 pages
...analysing ideas and actions, the laughter and the frowns of men, and the grimaces of their agony. ... And Heyst, the son, read: Of the stratagems of life...father's voice, speaking and ceasing to speak again. He abandoned himself to the half-belief that something of his father dwelt yet on earth - a ghostly...