Excerpt from Ideala You ask me, perhaps, even you who are all charity, why parts of this book are what they are. I can only answer with another question Why are we what we are? But I warn you that it would not be fair to take any of Ideala's Opinions, here given, as final. Much of what she thought was the mere efiervescence of a strong mind in a state of fermentation, a mind passing successively through the three stages of the process the vinous, alcoholic, or excit able stage; the acetous. Jaundiced, or imbittered stage; and the putrefactive, or unwholesome stage and also embody ing, at different times, the characteristics of all three. But, even during its worst phase, it was an earnest mind, seek ing the truth diligently, and not to be blamed for stumbling upon good and had together by the way. It is, in fact, not a perfect, but a transitional, state which I offer for your consideration, a state which has its repulsive features, but which, it may be hoped, would result in a beautiful de posit, when at last the inevitable efiervescence had subsided. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.