nothing surely can more impress upon a man the transitory nature of possession than his succeeding to an ancient property

The house as well as the family was of some antiquity…. It contained a fine library, whose growth began before the invention of printing, and had continued to my own time, greatly influenced, of course, by changes of taste and pursuit. Nothing surely can more impress upon a man the transitory nature of possession than his succeeding to an ancient property.

From Lilith: A Romance by George MacDonald.

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