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Date: 1792

"I have just risen from a conversation which has made a deep impression on my mind."

— Holcroft, Thomas (1745-1809)

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Date: 1794

"He and Emily continued sunk in musing silence for some leagues, from which melancholy reverie Emily first awoke, and her young fancy, struck with the grandeur of the objects around, gradually yielded to delightful impressions."

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

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Date: 1794

"They travelled on, sunk in that thoughtful melancholy, with which twilight and solitude impress the mind."

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

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Date: 1794

"St. Aubert concealed his face with his handkerchief, and was unable to speak; but Emily continued to urge to her father the truths, which himself had impressed upon her mind."

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

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Date: 1794

"'Can this be my father's sister!' said she to herself; and then the conviction that she was so, warming her heart with something like kindness towards her, she felt anxious to soften the harsh impression her mind had received of her aunt's character, and to shew a willingness to oblige her."

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

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Date: 1794

"Her thoughts, however, did not dwell long on the subject; nearer interests pressed upon them; Valancourt, rejected of her aunt, and Valancourt dancing with a gay and beautiful partner, alternately tormented her mind."

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

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Date: 1794

"I shall look, and cannot see you; shall try to recollect your features--and the impression will be fled from my imagination;--to hear the tones of your voice, and even memory will be silent!--I cannot, cannot leave you!"

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

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Date: 1794

"She now endeavoured to chase away the impressions they had left on her fancy."

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

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Date: 1794

"The remembrance of that smile seemed impressed on Emily's mind for ever."

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

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Date: 1794

"Emily, whose mind was deeply impressed by the chief circumstance of Annette's relation, was unwilling to be left alone, in the present state of her spirits; but, to avoid offending Madame Montoni, and betraying her own weakness, she struggled to overcome the illusions of fear, and dismissed Anne...

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

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