they but now who seemd In bigness to surpass Earths Giant Sons Now less then smallest Dwarfs, in narrow room Throng numberless, like that Pigmean Race Beyond the INDIAN Mount, or Faerie Elves, Whose midnight Revels, by a Forrest side Or Fountain fome belated Peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while over head the Moon Sits Arbitress
, and neerer to the Earth Wheels her pale course, they on thir mirth & dance Intent, with jocond Music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
It was clear that she had been a very desirable and distinguished figure, the mistress of her little section of the world; but more than that, she was the person of all others who seemed to him the arbitress
of life, the woman whose judgment was naturally right and steady, as his had never been in spite of all his culture.
I passed it as negligently as I did the pollard willow opposite to it: I had no presentiment of what it would be to me; no inward warning that the arbitress
of my life--my genius for good or evil--waited there in humble guise.
FANCY will be the sole arbitress
of the trifling disputes of
or Fairy Elves, Whose midnight Revels, by a Forest side Or Fountain some belated Peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the Moon Sits Arbitress
, and nearer to the Earth Wheels her pale course, they on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund Music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
In her role as ventura, Morgana acts as the arbitress
of the series of chances (venture) of which acentric romance narrative is composed.
Milton's encounter between fairy and peasant, for example, in Paradise Lost is a literary one, functioning to register the operations of the epic narrative voice in its construction of a simile to characterize the change in the Spirits of Pandaemonium to "smallest forms" like Faery Elves Whose midnight Revels, by a Forest side Or Fountain some belated Peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the Moon Sits Arbitress
, and nearer to the Earth Wheels her pale course: they on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund Music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
Press'd by the Moon, mute arbitress
of tides While the loud equinox its power combines The sea no more its swelling surge confines But o'er the shrinking land sublimely rides The wild blast, rising from the Western cave Drives the huge billows from their heaving bed Tears from their grassy tombs the village dead And breaks the silent sabbath of the grave With shells and sea-weed mingled, on the shor Lo!
The deliberative and complex Haywood who emerges from this collection is a welcome advance over earlier images of a lightweight hack driven by market forces, but in some ways the author on exhibit here is a disappointingly limited one, still closely tied to her identity as the "Great Arbitress
of Passion." Although the title promises essays on her life and work, little is said about the life and not as much as one might like about such work as falls outside the reaches of sexual and political intrigue, the "passionate fictions" of the subtitle.
Following closely the progress of de Pisan's texts through a succession of English printers, translators, and editors (including, most notably, Caxton, Pynson, Thynne, and Pepwell), Summit argues convincingly that the position of cultural arbitress
which de Pisan claimed for the woman writer was arrogated by these intermediaries to an emerging aristocratic community of male courtiers.
sits a sort of arbitress
, holding the scales of justice, and dispensing