I tell thee, Conrade, that neither the powers in Heaven, nor the powers on earth, will longer endure the wickedness of this generation My intelligence is sure the ground on which our fabric
is reared is already undermined, and each addition we make to the structure of our greatness will only sink it the sooner in the abyss.
of the Reformation, first undertaken in England upon a contracted basis, by a capricious and sanguinary tyrant, had been successively overthrown and restored, renewed and altered, according to the varying humors and principles of four successive monarchs.
Before entering upon so grave a matter as the destruction of our national fabric
, with all its benefits, its memories, and its hopes, would it not be wise to ascertain precisely why we do it?
I may be said, myself, to have belonged to the centre gauche, that being my accidental position in the fabric
, when it was a natural consequence to obtain sentiments of this shade.
To men living in our present world state, orderly, scientific and secured, nothing seems so precarious, so giddily dangerous, as the fabric
of the social order with which the men of the opening of the twentieth century were content.
At any rate I will permit myself the luxury of frankly saying that while I had a deep sense of the majesty and grandeur of Dante's design, many points of its execution bored me, and that I found the intermixture of small local fact and neighborhood history in the fabric
of his lofty creation no part of its noblest effect.
The refinements of his recent civilization expunged by the force of the sad calamity which had befallen him, left only the primitive sensibilities which his childhood's training had imprinted indelibly upon the fabric
of his mind.
Crushing the bit of fabric
to my lips, I pressed on even more rapidly than before, because I now knew that I was upon the right trail and that up to this, point at least, Lys still had lived.
His heart was sore, his pride had been bitterly touched, the desire and the whole fabric
of his life was in imminent and serious danger.
But the whole was entwined and woven into a fabric
of mutual interest and consideration.
And through it all moved the Iron Heel, impassive and deliberate, shaking up the whole fabric
of the social structure in its search for the comrades, combing out the Mercenaries, the labor castes, and all its secret services, punishing without mercy and without malice, suffering in silence all retaliations that were made upon it, and filling the gaps in its fighting line as fast as they appeared.
Removing this and a second wrapping of some silken fabric
, he placed a little box, or casket, on my table, most beautifully and richly inlaid in jewels, on an ebony ground.