Sleep and Its Derangements by William A. Hammond

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They happen only inside the head. Here, that perception becomes linked to the impossibility of touching the lost beloved, whose body is no longer there after death. And finally urges touch, which breaks the bounds of surface even as it is itself annihilated: I shall not see thee. Dare I say No spirit ever brake the band That stays him from the native land Where first he walked when clasped in clay?

No visual shade of some one lost, But he, the Spirit himself, may come Where all the nerve of sense is numb; Spirit to Spirit, Ghost to Ghost. O, therefore from thy sightless range With gods in unconjectured bliss, O, from the distance of the abyss Of ten-fold complicated change. Descend, and touch, and enter; hear The wish too strong for words to name; That in this blindness of the frame My Ghost may feel that thine is near. Language will not suffice. Touch in this dream is extreme and comforting at once. The longing to be touched by the lost beloved occurs in dream most often as uncompleted gesture.

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And closes: But O as to embrace me she inclined, I waked, she fled, and day brought back my night. Touch in the hypnagogic and hypnopompic states — at the brink of falling asleep and of waking up — is a threshold where confusion between waking and sleeping may occur. In an early diary entry Lewis Carroll wonders whether this is also a description of madness: Question: when we are dreaming and, as often happens, have a dim consciousness of the fact and try to wake, do we not say and do things which in waking life would be insane?

May we not then sometimes define insanity as an inability to distinguish which is the waking and which the sleeping life? Alice is both the dreamer and the dreamt. She and we are entering that other form of dream that is reading, in which the reader-dreamer reaches for the material worlds described, always yearning as well as engrossed. The reach and the falling short of the imagination as, reading, we seek to inhabit or seek to evade the worlds evoked makes for a peculiar form of dream experience. That transgression of the bounds between dream distortion of sense material and forthright actuality produces the uncanny, in which the familiar harbours repressed materials.

But rarely does this overwhelm the reader with the full horror evoked in Wuthering Heights : uncanny because of its very material actuality, the slide from dream to performance. Lockwood, obliged to stay overnight at Wuthering Heights, is lodged in an old-fashioned bedroom which contains an old diary belonging to Catherine Linton. He dreams first a horrible dream about judging and being judged which he believes has been generated by the scratching of a branch against the window touch and hearing combine.

Then believing himself to be awake, he remembers where he is: This time, I remembered I was lying in the oak closet, and I heard distinctly the gusty wind, and the driving of the snow; I heard, also, the fir-bough repeat its teasing sound, and ascribed it to the right cause; but it annoyed me so much, that I resolved to silence it, if possible; and, I thought, I rose and endeavoured to unhasp the casement.

The hook was soldered into the staple, a circumstance observed by me when awake, but forgotten.

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The intense horror of nightmare came over me: I tried to draw back my arm, but the hand clung to it, and a most melancholy voice sobbed,. The fingers relaxed, I snatched mine through the hole, hurriedly piled the books up in a pyramid against it, and stopped my ears to exclude the lamentable prayer. What else could it be that made me pass such a terrible night? Touch becomes invasive grip and crosses the needed boundary between sleep and wake. Dyspepsia and appetite together haunt Victorian lives, particularly perhaps as those lives are realized in literature.

The poem opens with apparently innocent profusion of Apples and quinces, Lemons and oranges, Plump unpecked cherries, Melons and raspberries, Bloom-down-cheeked peaches, Swart-headed mulberries, Wild free-born cranberries, Crab-apples, dewberries, Pine-apples, blackberries, Apricots, strawberries. The haptic and the tactile resolve without distress while Laura simply looks. Touch remains innocent when it is divorced from appetite and takes only the estranged form of sight, since the haptic is poised between the seen and felt.

The lip and the tongue, thresholds of inner tactile experience, are the medium of experience here and infantile sucking becomes confused with sexuality: She dropped a tear more rare than pearl, Then sucked their fruit globes fair or red: Sweeter than honey from the rock, Stronger than man-rejoicing wine, Clearer than water flowed that juice; She never tasted such before, How should it cloy with length of use? She sucked and sucked and sucked the more Fruits which that unknown orchard bore; She sucked until her lips were sore; Then flung the emptied rinds away But gathered up one kernel-stone, And knew not was it night or day As she turned home alone.

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Indigestion is no joke here. The disarray of appetite touches on sex and poverty and overeating in a dreamlike whirl. In one-dimensional Lineland, which he visits in a dream within the dream, touching is entirely forbidden. Helen Nisbet married Esther T.

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Before coming to more recent cases, there is one other to which I desire to refer for the reason mainly that in it there was probably organic disease in addition to fraud an. Fasting Girls. Their Physiology and Pathology. William Alexander Hammond. Free Download.

It seems that no proposition that can be made is so absurd or impossible but that many people, ordinarily regarded as intelligent, will be found to accept it and to aid in its propagation. And hence, when it is asserted that a young lady has lived for fourteen years without food of any kind, hundreds and thousands of persons throughout the length and breadth of a civilized land at once yield their belief to the monstrous declaration. Then she became speechless and so continued for twenty-four days.

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Then she talked, but her speech was raving and incoherent. Finally she lost all power of motion and of sensibility in the parts below the head and could not swallow. From thenceforth she could not be persuaded to take food. Six months afterwards she regained the use of her limbs, but the inability to swallow remained and she acquired a great loathing for all kinds of meat and drink. The secretions and excretions appeared to be arrested. Nevertheless she was very industrious, employing her time in running errands, sweeping the house, spinning, and such like.

This maid continued thus fasting for the space of nearly three years, and then by degrees took to eating and drinking again. Editor's choice view all. Timothy Williams Demon Hunter.