"The ardent imagination of Delamere instantly caught fire."

— Smith, Charlotte (1749-1806)

Place of Publication
Printed for T. Cadell
"The ardent imagination of Delamere instantly caught fire."
Metaphor in Context
The ardent imagination of Delamere instantly caught fire. He took it for granted that Fitz-Edward had carried her off: and without staying to reflect a moment, he flew to the inn where his horses were, and ordered them to be saddled; then rushing into the room where his father and sister were sitting together, he exclaimed--"she is gone, "Sir--Emmeline is gone!--but I will soon overtake her; and the infamous villain who has torn her from me! Lord Montreville scorned to dissimulate. He answered, "I know she is gone, and it was by my directions she went. You cannot overtake her; nor is it probable you will ever see her again. Endeavour therefore to recollect yourself, and do not forget what you owe to your family and yourself."
(I, pp. 185-6)
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At least 6 entries in ESTC (1788, 1789, 1799).

Emmeline, the Orphan of the Castle. By Charlotte Smith, 4 vols. (London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1788). <Link to ECCO>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.