"My heart began now, for the first time, to droop"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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"My heart began now, for the first time, to droop"
Metaphor in Context
This disappointment was peculiarly severe. I had lost, by my own negligence, the only opportunity that would offer of meeting my friend. Had even the recollection of my loss been postponed for three minutes, I should have entered the house, and a meeting would have been secured. I could discover no other expedient to obviate the present evil. My heart began now, for the first time, to droop. I looked back, with nameless emotions on the days of my infancy. I called up the image of my mother. I reflected on the infatuation of my surviving parent, and the usurpation of the detestable Betty with horror. I viewed myself as the most calamitous and desolate of human beings.
(Part I, chapter 3, p. 256)
First part published in 1799; second in 1800. Reading and transcribing text from Charles Brockden Brown, Three Gothic Novels. New York: Library of America,1998.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.