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I have some trouble understanding several unusual constructions D. H. Lawrence used in his Studies in Classic American Literature. Since Lawrence is rather poetic, I was thinking I could find answers here. So, I will now list all the sentences and emphasize particular places (using italic) that I find the most obscure:

  1. The great Northern cycle of which he is the returning unit has almost completed its round, accomplished itself.
    Chapter 10, “Herman Melville’s Typee and Omoo

  2. Then fire flies fluid, and the waters roll off in purity.
    Chapter 9, “Dana’s Two Years Before The Mast

  3. And meanwhile in Melville his bodily knowledge moves naked, a living quick among the stark elements.
    Chapter 11, “Herman Melville’s Moby Dick”

  4. Fame: another disgrace, being patronized by common snobs who just know how to read.
    Chapter 10, “Herman Melville’s Typee and Omoo

  5. And again, as a revelation of destiny the book is too deep even for sorrow. Profound beyond feeling.
    Chapter 11, “Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

  6. This is where apples of knowledge get you, Miss Eve. You should leave ’em alone.
    Chapter 4, “Fenimore Cooper’s White Novels”

  7. For how can any man be free, without an illimitable background?
    Chapter 2, “Benjamin Franklin”

  8. Many gods come and go, some say one thing and some say another, and we have to obey the God of the innermost hour.
    Chapter 6, “Edgar Allan Poe”

  9. The new generation […] is setting up in the photography line, and is just going to make a sound financial thing out of it.
    Chapter 8, “Hawthorne’s Blithedale Romance

Please note that I am not a native speaker, and that I am in need of a further explanation for what otherwise, to English-speaking people, might appear obvious.

  • Welcome to Literature Stack Exchange. I have some difficulty with your question because it is actually 9 questions in one and because each of the sentences is presented without its immediate context; in addition to fuller quotes, I would also add chapter titles page number (and the edition you are using).
    – Tsundoku
    Oct 29 '18 at 19:32
  • Thanks! I have just added link to all studies from the book.
    – A. M.
    Oct 29 '18 at 19:51
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    What is the common thread to the various quotes in your question? On Stack Exchange, each question should express the one thing they want to know. You should also show what you have found about the question yourself.
    – Lawrence
    Oct 31 '18 at 3:18

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