"A fine country, and diversified views, may soften even the keenest affliction of decided misfortune, and tranquilise the most gloomy sadness into resignation and composure; but suspense rejects the gentle palliative; 'tis an absorbent of the faculties that suffers them to see, hear, and feel only its own perplexity; and the finer the fibres of the sensibility on which it seizes, the more exclusive is its despotism; doubt, in a fervent mind, from the rapidity of its evolutions between fear in its utmost despondence, and hope in its fullest rapture, is little short of torture."
— Burney [married name D'Arblay], Frances (1752-1840)
(IV.viii.1, pp. 210-1; p. 605 in OUP edition)
Frances Burney, Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth. By The Author of Evelina and Cecilia., 5 vols. (London: Printed for T. Payne and T. Cadell, Jun., and W. Davies, 1796). <Link to ProQuest Lion><Link to Volume I in Google Books>
Reading in Camilla (Oxford and New York: OUP, 1983).