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Date: 1799

"If the countenance were the mirror of the soul, as some people will have it--"

— Ludger, Conrad (b. 1748)

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Date: 1815

The wavering motions of the mind are like "quivering light" reflected off a confined "crystal flood" in a brass cistern

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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