One may suffer in the interior of his or her heart by the decease of another

— Scott [née Robinson], Sarah (1720-1795)

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Printed for A. Millar, [etc.]
One may suffer in the interior of his or her heart by the decease of another
Metaphor in Context
He was taken in the full flow of his joys, the very summit of his happiness; the woman he idolized, the friends he loved, the dependants he valued and protected, all weeping round him, and afflicting with their sorrow a heart which must so sensibly feel the pain of leaving them. But melancholy as his situation will be allowed, no dejection appeared in his countenance. As soon as he apprehended his life was in danger, he considered of the best method of preventing others from suffering by his death. He obliged his executors to follow the plan he had laid down for Sir William's houshold, and put it out of their power to retrench any expence that was conducive to his pleasure. He charged on his fortune the support of all the charities and benevolences he had established, till the objects of his bounty should be removed into a world where all their wants would be better supplied. He discharged Mr. Blackburn's debt, and by his will distributed all he had [Page 173] saved amongst the younger children. He bequeathed ten thousand pounds to Mrs. Tunstall; and as his son's fortune could not fail of being great, since Sir William's estate would come to him, he charged it with annuities for all his dependants; he had not a servant to whom he did not leave some token of his bounty; and not confining his thoughts to England, obliged his son to leave his Jamaica estate in the hands of his steward as long as he should live; providing for all the negroes that should remain on the plantation at the time of his steward's death.

When he had settled his affairs in such a manner that no one could suffer except in the interior of their hearts by his decease, and learnt that though he might linger on for a day or two, there was no hope of his recovery, as all the surgeons had tried failed of the expected success, he dedicated the rest of his time to fervent addresses [Page 174] to his Maker, and to endeavours of being useful to those about him.
(pp. 172-4)
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.