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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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apprehend
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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  • The hour when he too would take part in the life of that world seemed drawing near and in secret he began to make ready for the great part which he felt awaited him the nature of which he only dimly apprehended.
  • You apprehend its wholeness.

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  • —In so far as it is apprehended by the sight, which I suppose means here esthetic intellection, it will be beautiful.
  • The first phase of apprehension is a bounding line drawn about the object to be apprehended.
  • You apprehend it as complex, multiple, divisible, separable, made up of its parts, the result of its parts and their sum, harmonious.
  • —Then, said Stephen, you pass from point to point, led by its formal lines; you apprehend it as balanced part against part within its limits; you feel the rhythm of its structure.
  • You apprehended it as ONE thing.
  • But, temporal or spatial, the esthetic image is first luminously apprehended as selfbounded and selfcontained upon the immeasurable background of space or time which is not it.
  • When you have apprehended that basket as one thing and have then analysed it according to its form and apprehended it as a thing you make the only synthesis which is logically and esthetically permissible.
  • When you have apprehended that basket as one thing and have then analysed it according to its form and apprehended it as a thing you make the only synthesis which is logically and esthetically permissible.

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  • The instant wherein that supreme quality of beauty, the clear radiance of the esthetic image, is apprehended luminously by the mind which has been arrested by its wholeness and fascinated by its harmony is the luminous silent stasis of esthetic pleasure, a spiritual state very like to that cardiac condition which the Italian physiologist Luigi Galvani, using a phrase almost as beautiful as Shelley’s, called the enchantment of the heart.

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as in: apprehend the situation Define
to understand
as in: apprehend the criminal Define
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
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