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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 237 pages of information about The Necromancers.

Next, the excitement of the thought of communicating with Amy in particular had to a large extent burned itself out.  It was nearly four months since her death; and in his very heart of hearts he was beginning to be aware that she had not been so entirely his twin-soul as he would still have maintained.  He had reflected a little, in the meantime, upon the grocer’s shop, the dissenting tea-parties, the odor of cheeses.  Certainly these things could not destroy an “affinity” if the affinity were robust; but it would need to be....

He was still very tender towards the thought of her; she had gained too, inevitably, by dying, a dignity she had lacked while living, and it might well be that intercourse with her in the manner proposed would be an extraordinarily sweet experience.  But he was no longer excited—­passionately and overwhelmingly—­by the prospect.  It would be delightful?  Yes.  But....

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Then Laurie began to look at his religion, and at that view he stopped dead.  He had no ideas at all on the subject; he had not a notion where he stood.  All he knew was that it had become uninteresting.  True?  Oh, yes, he supposed so.  He retained it still as many retain faith in the supernatural—­a reserve that could be drawn upon in extremities.

He had not yet missed hearing Mass on Sunday; in fact, he proposed to go even next Sunday.  “A man must have a religion,” he said to himself; and, intellectually, there was at present no other possible religion for him except the Catholic.  Yet as he looked into the future he was doubtful.

He drew himself up in his chair and began to fill his pipe....  In three days he would be seated in a room with three or four persons, he supposed.  Of these, two—­and certainly the two strongest characters—­had no religion except that supplied by spiritualism, and he had read enough to know this was, at any rate in the long run, non-Christian.  And these three or four persons, moreover, believed with their whole hearts that they were in relations with the invisible world, far more evident and sensible than those claimed by any other believers on the face of the earth.  And, after all, Laurie reflected, there seemed to be justice in their claim.  He would be seated in that room, he repeated to himself, and it might be that before he left it he would have seen with his own eyes, and possibly handled, living persons who had, in the common phrase, “died” and been buried.  Almost certainly, at the very least, he would have received from such intelligences unmistakable messages....

He was astonished that he was not more excited.  He asked himself again whether he really believed it; he compared his belief in it with his belief in the existence of New Zealand.  Yes, if that were belief, he had it.  But the excitement of doubt was gone, as no doubt it was gone when New Zealand became a geographical expression.

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