The "stormy Tumults" of a "disturbed Mind" may "be hush'd."

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

Place of Publication
Printed for C. Rivington and J. Osborn
1741 [1740]; continued in 1741
The "stormy Tumults" of a "disturbed Mind" may "be hush'd."
Metaphor in Context
What shall I do, what Steps take, if all this be designing! --O the Perplexities of these cruel Doubtings! --To be sure, if he be false, as I may call it, I have gone too far, much too far! --I am ready, on the Apprehension of this, to bite my forward Tongue, (or rather to beat my more forward Heart, that dictated to that poor Machine) for what I have said. But sure, at least, he must be sincere for the Time! --He could not be such a practised Dissembler! --If he could, O how desperately wicked is the Heart of Man! --And where could he learn all these barbarous Arts? --If so, it must be native surely to the Sex! --But, silent be my rash Censurings; be hush'd, ye stormy Tumults of my disturbed Mind; for have I not a Father who is a Man! --A Man who knows no Guile! who would do no Wrong!--who would not deceive or oppress to gain a Kingdom! --How then can I think it is native to the Sex? And I must also hope my good Lady's Son cannot be the worst of Men! --If he is, hard the Lot of the excellent Woman that bore him! --But much harder the Hap of your poor Pamela, who has fallen into such Hands! --But yet I will trust in God, and hope the best; and so lay down any tired Pen for this Time.
(pp. 298-9)
Over 53 entries in ESTC (1740, 1741, 1742, 1743, 1746, 1754, 1762, 1767, 1771, 1772, 1775, 1776, 1785, 1792, 1794, 1795, 1796, 1797, 1798, 1799). [Richardson published third and fourth volumes in 1741.]

First edition published in two volumes on 6 November, 1740--dated 1741 on the title page. Volumes 3 and 4 were published in December 7, 1741 (this sequel is sometimes called Pamela in her Exalted Condition).

See Samuel Richardson, Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded. In a Series of Familiar Letters from a Beautiful Young Damsel, to Her Parents: Now First Published in Order to Cultivate the Principles of Virtue and Religion in the Minds of the Youth of Both Sexes. A Narrative Which Has Its Foundation in Truth and Nature: and at the Same Time That It Agreeably Entertains, by a Variety of Curious and Affecting Incidents, Is Intirely Divested of All Those Images, Which, in Too Many Pieces Calculated for Amusement Only, Tend to Inflame the Minds They Should Instruct (London: C. Rivington and J. Robinson, 1740). [Title page says 1741] <Link to ESTC><Link to ECCO><Link to first vol. of 3rd edition in ECCO-TCP>

See also Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded. in a Series of Familiar Letters from a Beautiful Young Damsel to Her Parents: and Afterwards, in Her Exalted Condition, Between Her, and Persons of Figure and Quality, Upon the Most Important and Entertaining Subjects, in Genteel Life. the Third and Fourth Volumes. Publish’d in Order to Cultivate the Principles of Virtue and Religion in the Minds of the Youth of Both Sexes. by the Editor of the Two First. (London: Printed for S. Richardson: and sold by C. Rivington, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard; and J. Osborn, in Pater-Noster Row, [1742] [1741]). <Link to ESTC>

All searching was originally done in Chadwyck Healey's eighteenth-century prose fiction database through Stanford's HDIS interface. Chadwyck-Healey contains electronic texts of the original editions (1740-1741) and the 6th edition (1742).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.