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DEATH

BY

MAURICE MAETERLINCK

TRANSLATED BY ALEXANDER TEIXEIRA DE MATTOS

NEW YORK
DODD, MEAD & COMPANY

Copyright, 1912
By MAURICE MAETERLINCK

Published, January, 1912

 

CONTENTS

I. OUR IDEA OF DEATH

II. A PRIMITIVE IDEA

III. WE MUST ENLIGHTEN AND ESTABLISH OUR IDEA OF DEATH

IV. WE MUST RID DEATH OF THAT WHICH GOES BEFORE

V. THE PANGS OF DEATH MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO MAN ALONE

VI. THE MISTAKE OF THE DOCTORS IN PROLONGING THE FAILINGS OF DEATH

VII. THEIR ARGUEMENTS

VIII. THAT WHICH DOES NOT BELONG TO DEATH

IX. THE HORRORS OF THE GRAVE ALSO DO NOT BELONG TO DEATH

X. WHEN CONTEMPLATING THE UNKNOWN INTO WHICH DEATH HURLS US,
                           LET US FIRST PUT RELIGIOUS FEARS FROM OUR MINDS

XI. ANNIHILATION IMPOSSIBLE

XII. THE SURVIVAL OF OUR CONSCIOUSNESS

XIII. IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE

XIV. THE SAME, CONTINUED

XV. IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, IT WOULD NOT BE DREADFUL

XVI. THE SURVIVAL WITHOUT CONSCIOUSNESS

XVII. THE SAME, CONTINUED

XVIII. THE LIMITED EGO WOULD BECOME A TORTURE

XIX. A NEW EGO CAN FIND A NUCLEUS AND DEVELOP ITSELF IN INFINITY

XX. THE ONLY SORROW THAT CAN TOUCH OUR MIND

XXI. INFINITY AS CONCEIVED BY OUR REASON

XXII. INFINITY AS PERCEIVED BY OUR SENSES

XXIII. WHICH OF THE TWO SHALL WE KNOW?

XXIV. THE INFINITY WHICH BOTH OUR REASON AND OUR SENSES CAN ADMIT

XXV. OUR FAITH IN INFINITY

XXVI. THE SAME, CONTINUED

XXVII. SHALL WE BE UNHAPPY THERE?

XXVIII. QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS?

XXIX. THE SAME, CONTINUED

XXX. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO ANSWER THEM

XXXI. EVERYTHING MUST FINISH EXEMPT FROM SUFFERING