The present is only ever understandable through the past, with which it forms a living community; and the past is always grasped from our own partial viewpoint within the present. The event of understanding comes about when our own “horizon” of historical meanings and assumptions ‘fuses with the ‘horizon’ […]. At such a moment we enter the alien world of the artefact, but at the same time gather it into our own realm, reaching a more complete understanding of ourselves.

Jan 17 -

Forget whatever you may have fancied in regard to me. If true to the outward senses, still it may be false in its essence; but the words of Beatrice Rappaccini's lips are true from the depths of the heart outward. Those you may believe.