There may be revolutions in the mind

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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New York
George Folliet Hopkins
There may be revolutions in the mind
Metaphor in Context
To say truth, I was now conscious of a revolution in my mind. I can scarcely assign its true causes. Not tokens of it appeared during my late retreat to Malverton. Subsequent incidents, perhaps, joined with the influence of meditation, had generated new views. On my first visit to the city, I had met with nothing but scenes of folly, depravity and cunning. No wonder the images connected with the city, were disastrous and gloomy; but my second visit produced somewhat different impressions. Maravegli, Estwick, Medlicote and you, were beings who inspired veneration and love. Your residence appeared to beautify and consecrate this spot, and gave birth to an opinion that if cities are the chosen seats of misery and vice, they are likewise the soil of all laudable and strenuous productions of mind.
(Part II, chapter 9, p. 494)
2 entries in ESTC (1799, 1800).

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.

See Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793. Second Part. By the author of Wieland, Ormond, Huntley [sic], &c. (New-York: Printed and sold by George F. Hopkins, at Washington’s Head, 136, Pearl-Street, 1800). <Link to ESTC>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.