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Date: 1794

"Thus circumstanced, she tried to banish reflection, but her busy fancy would still hover over the subjects of her interest, and she heard the clock of the castle strike two, before she closed her eyes."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"Yet a thought glances across my mind, that brings madness with it."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"There, as he walked, or leaned from the window of the building, he would endeavour to recollect all she had said, on that night; to catch the tones of her voice, as they faintly vibrated on his memory, and to remember the exact expression of her countenance, which sometimes came suddenly to his ...

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"She looked at the door, which led to the stair-case, expecting to see it open, and listening, in fearful silence, for a return of the noise, till she began to think it had proceeded from this door, and a wish of escaping through the opposite one rushed upon her mind."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"While these thoughts passed over her mind, and left her still in hesitation, the voice spoke again, and, calling 'Ludovico,' she then perceived it to be that of Annette; on which, no longer hesitating, she went in joy to answer her."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"I shuddered at the possibility of his having overheard the words of my soliloquy. But this idea, alarming as it was, had not the power immediately to suspend the career of my reflections"

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1795

"Millions of chimeras floated on my imagination all were rejected in speedy succession ere they became old enough to take the colour of reason; yet fancy will be busy till we are no more."

— Yearsley, Ann (bap. 1753, d. 1806)

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Date: 1796

"He thought of his union with Antonia; he thought of the obstacles which might oppose his wishes; and a thousand changing visions floated before his fancy, sad 'tis true, but not unpleasing."

— Lewis, Matthew Gregory (1775-1818)

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Date: 1796

"As this last idea passed through his imagination, a blush spread itself over his cheek."

— Lewis, Matthew Gregory (1775-1818)

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Date: 1796

"At that moment a thousand confused ideas passed before my imagination."

— Lewis, Matthew Gregory (1775-1818)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.