By Fitz-James O'brien


FROM a very early period of my life the entire bent of my inclinations

had been toward microscopic investigations. When I was not more than

ten years old, a distant relative of our family, hoping to astonish my

inexperience, constructed a simple microscope for me by drilling in a

disk of copper a small hole in which a drop of pure water was sustained

by capillary attraction. This very primitive apparatus, magnifying some

fifty diameters, presented, it is true, only indistinct and imperfect

forms, but still sufficiently wonderful to work up my imagination to a

preternatural state of excitement.

Seeing me so interested in this rude instrument, my cousin explained to

me all that he knew about the principles of the microscope, related to

me a few of the wonders which had been accomplished through its agency,

and ended by promising to send me one regularly constructed, immediately

on his return to the city. I counted the days, the hours, the minutes

that intervened between that promise and his departure.

Meantime, I was not idle. Every transparent substance that bore the

remotest resemblance to a lens I eagerly seized upon, and employed

in vain attempts to realize that instrument the theory of whose

construction I as yet only vaguely comprehended. All panes of

glass containing those oblate spheroidal knots familiarly known as

"bull's-eyes" were ruthlessly destroyed in the hope of obtaining lenses

of marvelous power. I even went so far as to extract the crystalline

humor from the eyes of fishes and animals, and endeavored to press

it into the microscopic service. I plead guilty to having stolen the

glasses from my Aunt Agatha's spectacles, with a dim idea of grinding

them into lenses of wondrous magnifying properties--in which attempt it

is scarcely necessary to say that I totally failed.

At last the promised instrument came. It was of that order known as

Field's simple microscope, and had cost perhaps about fifteen dollars.

As far as educational purposes went, a better apparatus could not

have been selected. Accompanying it was a small treatise on the

microscope--its history, uses, and discoveries. I comprehended then for

the first time the "Arabian Nights' Entertainments." The dull veil of

ordinary existence that hung across the world seemed suddenly to

roll away, and to lay bare a land of enchantments. I felt toward my

companions as the seer might feel toward the ordinary masses of men.

I held conversations with nature in a tongue which they could not

understand. I was in daily communication with living wonders such as

they never imagined in their wildest visions, I penetrated beyond the

external portal of things, and roamed through the sanctuaries. Where

they beheld only a drop of rain slowly rolling down the window-glass,

I saw a universe of beings animated with all the passions common to

physical life, and convulsing their minute sphere with struggles as

fierce and protracted as those of men. In the common spots of mould,

which my mother, good housekeeper that she was, fiercely scooped

away from her jam-pots, there abode for me, under the name of mildew,

enchanted gardens, filled with dells and avenues of the densest foliage

and most astonishing verdure, while from the fantastic boughs of these

microscopic forests hung strange fruits glittering with green and silver

and gold.

It was no scientificthirst that at this time filled my mind. It was the

pure enjoyment of a poet to whom a world of wonders has been disclosed.

I talked of my solitary pleasures to none. Alone with my microscope, I

dimmed my sight, day after day and night after night, poring over the

marvels which it unfolded to me. I was like one who, having discovered

the ancient Eden still existing in all its primitive glory, should

resolve to enjoy it in solitude, and never betray to mortal the secret

of its locality. The rod of my life was bent at this moment. I destined

myself to be a microscopist.

Of course, like every novice, I fancied myself a discoverer. I was

ignorant at the time of the thousands of acute intellects engaged in the

same pursuit as myself, and with the advantage of instruments a thousand

times more powerful than mine. The names of Leeuwenhoek, Williamson,

Spencer, Ehrenberg, Schultz, Dujardin, Schact, and Schleiden were then

entirely unknown to me, or, if known, I was ignorant of their patient

and wonderful researches. In every fresh specimen of cryptogamia which

I placed beneath my instrument I believed that I discovered wonders

of which the world was as yet ignorant. I remember well the thrill

of delight and admiration that shot through me the first time that I

discovered the common wheel animalcule (Rotifera vulgaris) expanding

and contracting its flexible spokes and seemingly rotating through the

water. Alas! as I grew older, and obtained some works treating of my

favorite study, I found that I was only on the threshold of a science

to the investigation of which some of the greatest men of the age were

devoting their lives and intellects.

As I grew up, my parents, who saw but little likelihood of anything

practical resulting from the examination of bits of moss and drops of

water through a brass tube and a piece of glass, were anxious that I

should choose a profession.

It was their desire that I should enter the counting-house of my uncle,

Ethan Blake, a prosperous merchant, who carried on business in New

York. This suggestion I decisively combated. I had no taste for trade; I

should only make a failure; in short, I refused to become a merchant.

But it was necessary for me to select some pursuit. My parents were

staid New England people, who insisted on the necessity of labor, and

therefore, although, thanks to the bequest of my poor Aunt Agatha, I

should, on coming of age, inherit a small fortune sufficient to place me

above want, it was decided that, instead of waiting for this, I should

act the nobler part, and employ the intervening years in rendering

myself independent.

After much cogitation, I complied with the wishes of my family, and

selected a profession. I determined to study medicine at the New York

Academy. This disposition of my future suited me. A removal from my

relatives would enable me to dispose of my time as I pleased without

fear of detection. As long as I paid my Academy fees, I might shirk

attending the lectures if I chose; and, as I never had the remotest

intention of standing an examination, there was no danger of my being

"plucked." Besides, a metropolis was the place for me. There I could

obtain excellent instruments, the newest publications, intimacy with

men of pursuits kindred with my own--in short, all things necessary to

ensure a profitabledevotion of my life to my beloved science. I had an

abundance of money, few desires that were not bounded by my illuminating

mirror on one side and my object-glass on the other; what, therefore,

was to prevent my becoming an illustriousinvestigator of the veiled

worlds? It was with the most buoyant hope that I left my New England

home and established myself in New York.


My first step, of course, was to find suitable apartments. These I

obtained, after a couple of days' search, in Fourth Avenue; a very

pretty second floor, unfurnished, containing sitting-room, bedroom,

and a smaller apartment which I intended to fit up as a laboratory. I

furnished my lodgings simply, but rather elegantly, and then devoted

all my energies to the adornment of the temple of my worship. I visited

Pike, the celebrated optician, and passed in review his splendid

collection of microscopes--Field's Compound, Hingham's, Spencer's,

Nachet's Binocular (that founded on the principles of the stereoscope),

and at length fixed upon that form known as Spencer's Trunnion

Microscope, as combining the greatest number of improvements with an

almost perfect freedom from tremor. Along with this I purchased

every possible accessory--draw-tubes, micrometers, a _camera lucida_,

lever-stage, achromatic condensers, white cloud illuminators, prisms,

parabolic condensers, polarizing apparatus, forceps, aquatic boxes,

fishing-tubes, with a host of other articles, all of which would have

been useful in the hands of an experienced microscopist, but, as I

afterward discovered, were not of the slightest present value to me. It

takes years of practice to know how to use a complicated microscope. The

optician looked suspiciously at me as I made these valuable purchases.

He evidently was uncertain whether to set me down as some scientific

celebrity or a madman. I think he was inclined to the latter belief. I

suppose I was mad. Every great genius is mad upon the subject in which

he is greatest. The unsuccessfulmadman is disgraced and called a


Mad or not, I set myself to work with a zeal which few scientific

students have ever equaled. I had everything to learn relative to the

delicate study upon which I had embarked--a study involving the most

earnest patience, the most rigid analytic powers, the steadiest hand,

the most untiring eye, the most refined and subtle manipulation.

For a long time half my apparatus lay inactively on the shelves of

my laboratory, which was now most amply furnished with every possible

contrivance for facilitating my investigations. The fact was that I did

not know how to use some of my scientific implements--never having been

taught microscopies--and those whose use I understood theoretically were

of little avail until by practice I could attain the necessary delicacy

of handling. Still, such was the fury of my ambition, such the untiring

perseverance of my experiments, that, difficult of credit as it may

be, in the course of one year I became theoretically and practically an

accomplished microscopist.

During this period of my labors, in which I submitted specimens of every

substance that came under my observation to the action of my lenses, I

became a discoverer--in a small way, it is true, for I was very young,

but still a discoverer. It was I who destroyed Ehrenberg's theory that

the _Volvox globator_ was an animal, and proved that his "monads" with

stomachs and eyes were merely phases of the formation of a vegetable

cell, and were, when they reached their mature state, incapable of

the act of conjugation, or any true generative act, without which no

organism rising to any stage of life higher than vegetable can be said

to be complete. It was I who resolved the singular problem of rotation

in the cells and hairs of plants into ciliary attraction, in spite of

the assertions of Wenham and others that my explanation was the result

of an optical illusion.

But notwithstanding these discoveries, laboriously and painfully made

as they were, I felt horribly dissatisfied. At every step I found

myself stopped by the imperfections of my instruments. Like all active

microscopists, I gave my imagination full play. Indeed, it is a common

complaint against many such that they supply the defects of their

instruments with the creations of their brains. I imagined depths beyond

depths in nature which the limited power of my lenses prohibited me from

exploring. I lay awake at night constructing imaginary micro-scopes

of immeasurable power, with which I seemed to pierce through all the

envelopes of matter down to its original atom. How I cursed those

imperfect mediums which necessity through ignorance compelled me to

use! How I longed to discover the secret of some perfect lens, whose

magnifying power should be limited only by the resolvability of the

object, and which at the same time should be free from spherical and

chromatic aberrations--in short, from all the obstacles over which the

poor microscopist finds himself continually stumbling! I felt convinced

that the simple microscope, composed of a single lens of such vast yet

perfect power, was possible of construction. To attempt to bring the

compound microscope up to such a pitch would have been commencing at the

wrong end; this latter being simply a partially successful endeavor

to remedy those very defects of the simplest instrument which, if

conquered, would leave nothing to be desired.

It was in this mood of mind that I became a constructive microscopist.

After another year passed in this new pursuit, experimenting on every

imaginable substance--glass, gems, flints, crystals, artificial crystals

formed of the alloy of various vitreous materials--in short, having

constructed as many varieties of lenses as Argus had eyes--I found

myself precisely where I started, with nothing gained save an extensive

knowledge of glass-making. I was almost dead with despair. My parents

were surprised at my apparent want of progress in my medical studies

(I had not attended one lecture since my arrival in the city), and the

expenses of my mad pursuit had been so great as to embarrass me very


I was in this frame of mind one day, experimenting in my laboratory on

a small diamond--that stone, from its great refracting power, having

always occupied my attention more than any other--when a young

Frenchman who lived on the floor above me, and who was in the habit of

occasionally visiting me, entered the room.

I think that Jules Simon was a Jew. He had many traits of the Hebrew

character: a love of jewelry, of dress, and of good living. There was

something mysterious about him. He always had something to sell, and yet

went into excellent society. When I say sell, I should perhaps have said

peddle; for his operations were generally confined to the disposal of

single articles--a picture, for instance, or a rare carving in ivory, or

a pair of duelling-pistols, or the dress of a Mexican _caballero_. When

I was first furnishing my rooms, he paid me a visit, which ended in my

purchasing an antique silver lamp, which he assured me was a Cellini--it

was handsome enough even for that--and some other knick-knacks for my

sitting-room. Why Simon should pursue this petty trade I never could

imagine. He apparently had plenty of money, and had the _entree_ of the

best houses in the city--taking care, however, I suppose, to drive no

bargains within the enchanted circle of the Upper Ten. I came at length

to the conclusion that this peddling was but a mask to cover some

greater object, and even went so far as to believe my young acquaintance

to be implicated in the slave-trade. That, however, was none of my


On the present occasion, Simon entered my room in a state of

considerable excitement.

"_Ah! mon ami!_" he cried, before I could even offer him the ordinary

salutation, "it has occurred to me to be the witness of the most

astonishing things in the world. I promenade myself to the house of

Madame ------. How does the little animal--_le renard_--name himself in

the Latin?"

"Vulpes," I answered.

"Ah! yes--Vulpes. I promenade myself to the house of Madame Vulpes."

"The spirit medium?"

"Yes, the great medium. Great heavens! what a woman! I write on a

slip of paper many of questions concerning affairs of the most

secret--affairs that conceal themselves in the abysses of my heart the

most profound; and behold, by example, what occurs? This devil of a

woman makes me replies the most truthful to all of them. She talks to me

of things that I do not love to talk of to myself. What am I to think? I

am fixed to the earth!"

"Am I to understand you, M. Simon, that this Mrs. Vulpes replied to

questions secretly written by you, which questions related to events

known only to yourself?"

"Ah! more than that, more than that," he answered, with an air of some

alarm. "She related to me things--But," he added after a pause, and

suddenly changing his manner, "why occupy ourselves with these follies?

It was all the biology, without doubt. It goes without saying that it

has not my credence. But why are we here, _mon ami?_ It has occurred to

me to discover the most beautiful thing as you can imagine--a vase with

green lizards on it, composed by the great Bernard Palissy. It is in my

apartment; let us mount. I go to show it to you."

I followed Simon mechanically; but my thoughts were far from Palissy and

his enameled ware, although I, like him, was seeking in the dark a great

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  • medium [´mi:diəm] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.中间;平均 a.中等的   (初中英语单词)
  • conceal [kən´si:l] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.藏;隐瞒   (初中英语单词)
  • attraction [ə´trækʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.吸引(力);引力   (高中英语单词)
  • apparatus [,æpə´reitəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.仪器;装置   (高中英语单词)
  • related [ri´leitid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.叙述的;有联系的   (高中英语单词)
  • regularly [´regjuləli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.有规律地;经常地   (高中英语单词)
  • transparent [træns´peərənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.透明的;显而易见的   (高中英语单词)
  • resemblance [ri´zembləns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.类似;肖像;外表   (高中英语单词)
  • extract [ik´strækt, ´ekstrækt] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.取出;摘录 n.精华   (高中英语单词)
  • educational [,edju´keiʃənəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.教育(上)的   (高中英语单词)
  • universe [´ju:nivə:s] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.天地;全人类;银河系   (高中英语单词)
  • sphere [sfiə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.圆体;天体;范围   (高中英语单词)
  • housekeeper [´haus,ki:pə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.主妇,女管家   (高中英语单词)
  • astonishing [əs´tɔniʃiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.令人惊讶的   (高中英语单词)
  • fantastic [fæn´tæstik] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.奇异的;荒谬的   (高中英语单词)
  • enjoyment [in´dʒɔimənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.享受;愉快;乐趣   (高中英语单词)
  • solitary [´sɔlitəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.独居的;孤独的   (高中英语单词)
  • solitude [´sɔlitju:d] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.孤独;寂寞;荒凉   (高中英语单词)
  • mortal [´mɔ:tl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.致命的 n.凡人   (高中英语单词)
  • locality [ləu´kæliti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.位置,地区,发生地   (高中英语单词)
  • specimen [´spesimən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.标本,样品;抽样   (高中英语单词)
  • threshold [´θreʃhəuld] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.门槛;入门;开端   (高中英语单词)
  • inherit [in´herit] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.继承;遗传   (高中英语单词)
  • decided [di´saidid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.明显的;决定的   (高中英语单词)
  • removal [ri´mu:vəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.可移动的;可去除的   (高中英语单词)
  • kindred [´kindrid] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.亲属关系;同源关系   (高中英语单词)
  • profitable [´prɔfitəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有益的;有用的   (高中英语单词)
  • illustrious [i´lʌstriəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.杰出的,显赫的   (高中英语单词)
  • laboratory [lə´bɔrətəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.实验室;研究室(所)   (高中英语单词)
  • shelves [ʃelvz] 移动到这儿单词发声  shelf的复数   (高中英语单词)
  • formation [fɔ:´meiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.形成;构成;排列   (高中英语单词)
  • mature [mə´tjuə] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.成熟的 v.(使)成熟   (高中英语单词)
  • singular [´siŋgjulə] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.单一的;非凡的   (高中英语单词)
  • notwithstanding [,nɔtwiθ´stændiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  prep.&conj.虽然;还是   (高中英语单词)
  • limited [´limitid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有限(制)的   (高中英语单词)
  • imaginary [i´mædʒinəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.想象的;虚构的   (高中英语单词)
  • continually [kən´tinjuəli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.不断地,频繁地   (高中英语单词)
  • remedy [´remidi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.药品 vt.医治;减轻   (高中英语单词)
  • precisely [pri´saisli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.精确地;刻板地   (高中英语单词)
  • embarrass [im´bærəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.妨碍;使为难   (高中英语单词)
  • jewelry [´dʒu:əlri] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.珠宝(饰物)   (高中英语单词)
  • disposal [di´spəuzəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.处理;支配   (高中英语单词)
  • apparently [ə´pærəntli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.显然,表面上地   (高中英语单词)
  • concerning [kən´sə:niŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  prep.关于   (高中英语单词)
  • profound [prə´faund] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.深奥的;渊博的   (高中英语单词)
  • secretly [´si:kritli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.秘密地;隐蔽地   (高中英语单词)
  • saying [´seiŋ, ´sei-iŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.言语;言论;格言   (高中英语单词)
  • microscope [´maikrəskəup] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.显微镜   (英语四级单词)
  • accomplished [ə´kʌmpliʃt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.完成了的;熟练的   (英语四级单词)
  • vaguely [´veigli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.含糊地,暖昧地   (英语四级单词)
  • wondrous [´wʌndrəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.极好的 ad.惊人地   (英语四级单词)
  • totally [´təutəli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.统统,完全   (英语四级单词)
  • treatise [´tri:tiz, -tis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.(专题)论文   (英语四级单词)
  • portal [´pɔ:tl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.(正)门;隧道   (英语四级单词)
  • flexible [´fleksəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.灵活的,柔韧的   (英语四级单词)
  • seemingly [´si:miŋli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.表面上;似乎   (英语四级单词)
  • metropolis [mi´trɔpəlis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.首都;大城市   (英语四级单词)
  • intimacy [´intiməsi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.亲密;熟悉;秘密   (英语四级单词)
  • investigator [in´vestigeitə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.调查;审查者   (英语四级单词)
  • buoyant [´bɔiənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.能漂浮的;快活的   (英语四级单词)
  • experienced [ik´spiəriənst] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有经验的;熟练的   (英语四级单词)
  • unsuccessful [,ʌnsək´sesful] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.不成功的,失败的   (英语四级单词)
  • refined [ri´faind] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.精制的;文雅的   (英语四级单词)
  • incapable [in´keipəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.无能力的;不能的   (英语四级单词)
  • resolved [ri´zɔlvd] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.决心的;坚定的   (英语四级单词)
  • painfully [´peinfuli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.痛苦地;费力地   (英语四级单词)
  • composed [kəm´pəuzd] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.镇静自若的   (英语四级单词)
  • partially [´pɑ:ʃəli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.部分地;局部地   (英语四级单词)
  • constructive [kən´strʌktiv] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.建设性的;推断的   (英语四级单词)
  • carving [´kɑ:viŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.雕刻(术);雕刻品   (英语四级单词)
  • antique [æn´ti:k] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.古代的 n.古物(董)   (英语四级单词)
  • promenade [,prɔmə´nɑ:d, ´prɔmənɑ:d] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.散步 v.散步(于)   (英语四级单词)
  • biology [bai´ɔlədʒi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.生物学,生态学   (英语四级单词)
  • microscopic [,maikrə´skɔpik] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.(象)显微镜的   (英语六级单词)
  • capillary [kə´piləri] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&a.毛细管;毛状的   (英语六级单词)
  • animated [´ænimeitid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.栩栩如生的;活跃的   (英语六级单词)
  • novice [´nɔvis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.新手;初学者   (英语六级单词)
  • likelihood [´laiklihud] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.可能,相似性   (英语六级单词)
  • madman [´mædmən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.疯子;狂人   (英语六级单词)
  • horribly [´hɔrəbli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.恐怖地   (英语六级单词)
  • dissatisfied [´dis,sætis´fækʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.不满的;显出不满的   (英语六级单词)
  • assured [ə´ʃuəd] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.确实的 n.被保险人   (英语六级单词)
  • truthful [´tru:θfəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.诚实的;真实的   (英语六级单词)
  • mechanically [mi´kænikəli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.机械地;无意识地   (英语六级单词)

  • 上传人 欢乐鱼 分享于 2017-06-26 17:38:14
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