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  • He has most recently lured the beautiful Elvire from a convent to "marry" him in this manner.

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  • He has most recently lured the beautiful Elvire from a convent to "marry" him in this manner.

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  • But his marvellous wealth of spontaneous vision was fed and enriched by incessant "practice with" his environment; his idealism was vitalised by the ceaseless play of eye and brain upon the least promising mortal integuments of spirit; he possessed "Elvire" the more securely for having sent forth his adventurous imagination to practise upon innumerable Fifines.

    Robert Browning

  • Elvire had to leave her tent because it was destroyed.

    Mark Schuller: Falling through the cracks or unstable foundations?

  • Elvire had to leave her tent because it was destroyed.

    Mark Schuller: Falling Through the Cracks, or Unstable Foundations?

  • Elvire pointed to three tents that were simply laying on the ground, useless to anyone, especially to the family who lost their home.

    Mark Schuller: Sowing Seeds of Hope or Seeds of Dependence?

  • “Fie!” cries Elvire, mockingly (in Browning's happy paraphrase), ” “Fie! for a man of mode, accustomed at the court

    Robert Browning

  • Juan defends his dealings with the gay fizgig Fifine as a step to the fuller appreciation of Elvire; he demands freedom to escape only as a means of possessing more surely and intimately what he has.

    Robert Browning

  • But his marvellous wealth of spontaneous vision was fed and enriched by incessant “practice with” his environment; his idealism was vitalised by the ceaseless play of eye and brain upon the least promising mortal integuments of spirit; he possessed “Elvire” the more securely for having sent forth his adventurous imagination to practise upon innumerable Fifines.

    Robert Browning

  • When he argues that philosophies and theologies are the fizgigs of the brain, its Fifines the false which lead us onward to Elvire the true, he expresses an idea which Browning has repeatedly expressed in Ferishtah's Fancies and which, certainly, was an idea he had made his own.

    Robert Browning

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