Monday, August 17, 2009

What Book is it??? #10

I wonder if you can guess this quote: beginning or ending paragraph from a book. Suggest the book and author.
Clues- Writer was a woman that used a male name for her work to be published under, so that she would be taken seriously. She was born in 1819, England, and her real middle name was Ann.
"Men can do nothing without the make-believe of a beginning. Even
science, the strict measurer, is obliged to start with a make-believe
unit, and must fix on a point in the stars' unceasing journey when his
sidereal clock shall pretend that time is at Nought. His less accurate
grandmother Poetry has always been understood to start in the middle;
but on reflection it appears that her proceeding is not very different
from his; since Science, too, reckons backward as well as forward,
divides his unit into billions, and with his clock-finger at Nought
really sets off _in medias res_. No retrospect will take us to
the true beginning; and whether our prologue be in heaven or on earth,
it is but a fraction of that all-presupposing fact with which our
story sets out."
Any Suggestions???

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