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Date: 1800

"My path was already chalked out, and my fancy now pursued it with uncommon pleasure."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

"Every sense was an inlet of pleasure, because it was an avenue to knowledge; and my soul brooded over the world of ideas, and glowed with exultation at the grandeur and beauty of its own creations"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

The fancy may outstrip one's footsteps and be busy picturing and rehearsing

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

"A few incoherent motions and screams, that rent the soul, were followed by a deep swoon."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

"Mischievous passions" may be too "deeply rooted" in the heart to tear out

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

"Till this moment the uproar in Welbeck's mind appeared to hinder him from distinctly recognizing his visitant"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

Thoughts may receive an impulse and continue in motion in spite of solitude and darkness

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

"My soul drooped at the prospect"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

The fancy depicts pictures

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: c. 1862

"After great pain, a formal feeling comes -- / The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs -- / The stiff Heart questions 'was it He, that bore,' / And 'Yesterday, or Centuries before'?"

— Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)

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