An affection may get "an habitual Empire in the Mind"

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Printed for the Author by Dillon Chamberlaine
Published serially, 1765-1770
An affection may get "an habitual Empire in the Mind"
Metaphor in Context
What I have observed, with respect to Melancholy, may be equally affirmed of any other Affection, whose opposite gets an habitual Empire in the Mind. I say habitual, because there are some Persons of such variable and fluctuating Tempers, now furious, now complacent; now churlish, now generous; now mopingly melancholy, now merry to Madness; now pious, now profane; now cruelly hard-hearted, now meltingly humane; that a Man can no more judge of what Nature or Disposition such People are, than he can determine what Wind shall predominate next April; and yet, when the Wind blows, he can tell by every Cloud and Weather Cock, from what Point it comes; and may as easily decypher the present Temper, by the Aspect.
(pp. 126-7)
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Text from The Fool of Quality, or, the History of Henry Earl of Moreland. (Dublin: Printed for the Author by Dillon Chamberlaine, 1765-1770). <Link to ECCO>. Note, vol. 2 is dated 1766, vol. 3 1768, vol. 4 1769, vol. 5 1770.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.