Barabbas a Dream of the World's Tragedy, Vol. 3 of 3 (Classic Reprint)

Marie Corelli


Excerpt from Barabbas a Dream of the World's Tragedy, Vol. 3 of 3

Now he knew her worthlessness, - the unrepenting vileness, treachery and corruption of her life, - and though he loved her still, he was perfectly aware that it was only because he could not yet detach his soul from the clinging memory of her bewitching bodily beauty, and this was a love, or rather a passion, of which he was vaguely ashamed. Ashamed? - he, a thief, a murderer, ashamed of anything? Since when? Why, - only - since he had looked upon the 'Nazarene.' It was strange! with all the force of his strong though untutored will, he tried to understand what singularly miraculous power this 'Man of Nazareth' possessed, that even now, - now when He was crucified and dead, he, Barabbas, should yet be curiously conscious of His presence, and conscious too that this mystic nearness of Him made all sin appear inexpressibly hateful and humiliating. Sighing uneasily, and angry with himself for being unable to comprehend his own feelings, he rambled about the streets aimlessly at first, but afterwards, recollecting part of his intention, he visited the house of Iscariot.

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