Fitz James O’Brien: “The Golden Ignot”:
“The signs of poverty were everywere. The crucibles were broken, or earthenware dishes were used instead of crucibles. The materials for the experiments were not in the ususal transparent vials, but were in ordinary black bottles. In fact, the whole scene made me feel rather depressed, rather like seeing a tattered book or broken violin”.
“I am the unhappiest man in the world. Talk of Sisyphus pushing his stone- of Prometheus gnawed by the vulture. These myths live on!. There is my stone, always crushing me!. There is my vulture feeding upon my heart!. There!. There!”.
“I was too horrified by this outburst of anger to soothe the chemist. The anger of blood has a power which paralyzes bystanders. I have worked to discover the world´s hidden secrets; to accomplish the mystic nuptials of the Red King and the White Queen; o marry them sould to soul and body to body. I have accomplished the greatest feat of all”.
“You never made any gold. I saved thirty- five dollars, bought some gold nd slipped it into your crucible when your back was turned. I did it only beacause you were dying of dissapointment. I know it was wrong, but I meant it. You´ll forgive me, won´t you?”.
Source Post: O´Brien, Fitz- James. The Golden Ignot / My Wife´s Tempter. Buenos Aires. Artes Gráficas Rioplatenses. Clarín Libros Bilingües. 2008.-
Mullen’s caricature of Fitz-James O’Brien (1828/1862) recruiting for the Union Army
Reproduced from Poems and Stories (Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1881), Ed. William Winter.-