in default of my
The tortures endured, however, were indubitably quite equal for the
time, to those of actual sepulture. They were fearfully--they were
inconceivably hideous; but out of Evil proceeded Good; for their very
excess wrought in my spirit an inevitable revulsion. My soul acquired
tone--acquired temper. I went abroad. I took vigorous exercise. I
breathed the free air of Heaven. I thought upon other subjects than
Death. I discarded my medical books. "Buchan" I burned. I read no "Night
Thoughts"--no fustian about churchyards--no bugaboo tales--such as
this. In short, I became a new man, and lived a man's life. From that
memorable night, I dismissed forever my charnel apprehensions, and with
them vanished the cataleptic disorder, of which, perhaps, they had been
less the consequence than the cause.
There are moments when, even to the sober eye of Reason, the world of
our sad Humanity may assume the semblance of a Hell--but the imagination
of man is no Carathis, to explore with impunity its every cavern. Alas!
the grim legion of sepulchral terrors cannot be regarded as altogether
fanciful--but, like the Demons in whose company Afrasiab made his voyage
down the Oxus, they must sleep, or they will devour us--they must be
suffered to slumber, or we perish.
THE DOMAIN OF ARNHEIM
The garden like a lady fair was cut,
That lay as if she slumbered in delight,
And to the open skies her eyes did shut.
The azure fields of Heaven were 'sembled right
In a large round, set with the flowers of light.
The flowers de luce, and the round sparks of dew.
That hung upon their azure leaves did shew
Like twinkling stars that sparkle in the evening blue.
FROM his cradle to his grave a gale of prosperity bore my friend Ellison
along. Nor do I use the word prosperity in its mere worldly sense. I
mean it as synonymous with happiness. The person of whom I speak seemed
born for the purpose of foreshadowing the doctrines of Turgot, Price,
Priestley, and Condorcet--of exemplifying by individual instance
what has been deemed the chimera of the perfectionists. In the brief
existence of Ellison I fancy that I have seen refuted the dogma, that in
man's very nature lies some hidden principle, the antagonist of bliss.
An anxious examination of his career has given me to
The boat was going through the water at a terrible rate--full before the wind--no reef in either jib or mainsail--running her bows completely under the foam.Page 15
I afterward found that Augustus had purposely arranged the stowage in this hold with a view to affording me a thorough concealment, having had only one assistant in the labour, a man not going out in the brig.Page 35
His hands, especially, were so enormously thick and broad as hardly to retain a human shape.Page 38
His handcuffs were the first consideration.Page 43
His candle was expiring in the socket, and there would be the greatest difficulty in retracing his way to the hatchway in the dark.Page 73
I sprung to my feet as if a musket bullet had suddenly struck me to the heart; and, stretching out my arms in the direction of the vessel, stood in this manner, motionless, and unable to articulate a syllable.Page 82
opinion of their own condition as I did of mine, and that I may have unwittingly been guilty of the same extravagances and imbecilities as themselves--this is a matter which cannot be determined.Page 127
Of fish there seemed to be a great abundance.Page 133
Although, as said before, we entertained not the slightest suspicion, still no proper precaution was neglected.Page 145
The bird we had taken in such good season proved excellent eating, although somewhat tough.Page 154
We were now clear off, and making great way out to sea.Page 156
Several wide rents were discovered near both ends, and these we contrived to patch up with pieces of woollen jacket.Page 166
Who knoweth the mysteries of the will, with its vigor? For God is but a great will pervading all things by nature of its intentness.Page 176
And again I sunk into visions of Ligeia--and again, (what marvel that I shudder while I write,) again there reached my ears a low sob from the region of the ebony bed.Page 191
Leeches were applied to the temples.Page 195
â âDo you know her?â âYes; I have the honor.Page 210
She was immensely wealthy, and being left, for the second time, a widow without children, she bethought herself of my existence in America, and for the purpose of making me her heir, paid a visit to the United States, in company with a distant and exceedingly lovely relative of her second husbandâs--a Madame Stephanie Lalande.Page 212
The eyeglass was presented by way of adding a reproof to the hoax--a sting to the epigram of the deception.Page 217
Opposite him, and with her back to the door, was a lady of no whit the less extraordinary character.Page 227
I am as positive that yesterday was Sunday as I am that I sit upon this chair.