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The glaciers are not solely destructive, however; they are also the source of the River Arve, which is "the breath and blood of distant lands" ( 120-26). The cycle of necessity is perpetually changing; it oscillates between destroying and revivifying, creating and obliterating. This cycle of mutability is what earth's creatures, including man, constantly experience. As Part IV showed the encounter of the cycle of necessity (symbolized by the glaciers and by the River Arve) with human life, so Part V examines the source of that cycle, epitomized by the unseen top of Mont Blanc.
But man has murdered Liberty. . • Let us follow the corpse of British Liberty slowly and reverentially to its tomb: and if some glorious Phantom should appear, . • let us say that the Spirit of Liberty has arisen from its grave . . , and kneel down and worship it as our Queen. (Julian, VI, 75-76, 82) A Hermit at Marlow 51 This Address was obviously written to arouse the British public to support reform, rather than to argue in logical order what practical steps ought to be taken to implement reform.
A frenzied month culminated when Shelley-tom between his duty to Harriet and his passion for Mary-took an overdose of laudanum in an attempted suicide. When he recovered, he and Mary determined not to be kept apart any longer; accompanied by Clara Mary Jane Clairmont (daughter of the second Mrs. Godwin), they eloped to France on the night of July 27. Their journey across France to Switzerland, down the Rhine Valley to Holland, and thence back to England is recorded in Mary's journal as published in History of a Six Weeks' Tour ( 1817).
Percy Bysshe Shelley by Donald H. Reiman (auth.)