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Date: 1751

Love may reign in the breast

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

One may act as if he had "gained an absolute conquest over all the passions of the heart"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

One may look upon his love for a woman "as a passion which it was necessary, at any rate, to conquer or suppress"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

An "indelible esteem" may be engraven on the heart

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

One may "pour forth the overflowings of his soul, and tell her that he neither could nor would survive her displeasure"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

"[B]ut this dreadful vision had been the result of that impression which was made upon his brain, by the intolerable anguish of his joints"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

"[A] circumstance of barbarity, which had made such an impression upon his mind, as disordered his brain, and drove him to despair in a fit of which he had made away with himself, leaving his wife then big with child, to all the horrors of indigence and grief"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

"[A]s her mother's consent was already obtained, there was surely no necessity for a delay, that must infallibly make a dangerous impression upon his brain and constitution"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

"[H]is heart was shod with a metal much harder than iron, which he was afraid nothing but hell-fire would be able to melt."

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

"In short, he seems to be a stranger to the more refined sensations of the soul, consequently his expression is of the vulgar kind, and he must often sink under the idea of the poet"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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