By Basil King

...Berkeley Noone, with the incurable Hutchinson's illness, has permitted the truth that he needs to die. part eagerly, part anxiously he waits for loss of life, purely to adventure no loss of life; as an alternative, come to a translation right into a better, fuller type of lifestyles, within which new values sunrise, and into wich there looks a brand new radiant imaginative and prescient of God...Abraham's Bosom is a gorgeous and comforting little philosophy of religion and will be extra convincing to many readers than a few summary treatises at the topic.

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That it was expected soon he judged by the way in which the doctor shook his head, and his wife relaxed her bustling to watch him with tearful eyes. Two or three times a day the boys tiptoed into the room, gazed at him with solemn, sympathetic faces, and tiptoed out again. Beatrice cried in corners, and Constantia helped the nurse when her mother was obliged to rest. Practically they had taken their farewell of him; but there came a day when they did it in actual fact. It was a bright summer afternoon, with the sunshine streaming in at all the windows.

That will come by degrees. " This could not be denied. As Berkeley Noone looked about him--if looking was the word--he began to note a transmutation of all the things with which he had been familiar. It was true of them, as of the members of his family, that they were the same, yet not the same. If he could have found words to describe his new perceptions he would have said that he was getting to the inner essence of objects of which he had hitherto known but the surfaces. Mortal symbols had, on the whole, been well enough, so far as they went; they had only been inadequate.

The very clarity of his mind was like that produced by some mighty stimulant. It was one of the phases of dying he had heard about; but it was at least a pleasant phase, putting the evil moment a little further off. Meantime he watched his wife and children with renewed perplexity. It puzzled him that, while he was lying at the very point of death, they should apparently be going and coming on errands not directly connected with himself. A few minutes ago his wife was holding his right hand and Phil his left.

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