Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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terreur mysterieuse du sujet, repose essentiellement et
specialement sur la conviction ou nous sommes de la _verite_ des
choses racontees. Ce que je vais dire maintenant releve de ma propre
connaissance, de mon experience positive et personnelle.

Pendant plusieurs annees j'ai ete sujet a des attaques de ce mal
singulier que les medecins se sont accordes a appeler la catalepsie, a
defaut d'un terme plus exact. Quoique les causes tant immediates que
predisposantes de ce mal, quoique ses diagnostics memes soient encore a
l'etat de mystere, ses caracteres apparents sont assez bien connus. Ses
varietes ne semblent guere que des varietes de degre. Quelquefois le
patient ne reste qu'un jour, ou meme moins longtemps encore, dans
une espece de lethargie excessive. Il a perdu la sensibilite, et est
exterieurement sans mouvement, mais les pulsations du coeur sont encore
faiblement perceptibles; il reste quelques traces de chaleur; une legere
teinte colore encore le centre des joues; et si nous lui appliquons
un miroir aux levres, nous pouvons decouvrir une certaine action des
poumons, action lourde, inegale et vacillante. D'autres fois, la crise
dure des semaines entieres,--meme des mois; et dans ce cas, l'examen
le plus scrupuleux, les epreuves les plus rigoureuses des medecins ne
peuvent arriver a etablir quelque distinction sensible entre l'etat du
patient, et celui que nous considerons comme l'etat de mort absolue.
Ordinairement il n'echappe a l'ensevelissement premature, que grace a
ses amis qui savent qu'il est sujet a la catalepsie, grace aux soupcons
qui sont la suite de cette connaissance, et, par dessus tout, a
l'absence sur sa personne de tout symptome de decomposition. Les
progres de la maladie sont, heureusement, graduels. Les premieres
manifestations, quoique bien marquees, sont equivoques. Les acces
deviennent successivement de plus en plus distincts et prolonges. C'est
dans cette gradation qu'est la plus grande securite contre l'inhumation.
L'infortune, dont la _premiere_ attaque revetirait les caracteres
extremes, ce qui se voit quelquefois, serait presque inevitablement
condamne a etre enterre vivant.

Mon propre cas ne differait en aucune particularite importante des
cas mentionnes dans les livres de medecine. Quelquefois, sans cause
apparente, je tombais peu a peu dans un etat de demi-syncope ou de
demi-evanouissement; et je demeurais dans cet etat sans douleur, sans
pouvoir remuer, ni meme penser, mais conservant une conscience obtuse et
lethargique de ma vie et de la presence des personnes qui entouraient
mon lit, jusqu'a ce que la crise de la maladie me rendit tout a coup
a un etat de sensation parfaite. D'autres fois j'etais subitement et
impetueusement atteint. Je devenais languissant, engourdi, j'avais des
frissons, des etourdissements, et me sentais tout d'un coup abattu.
Alors, des semaines entieres, tout

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