Mr. B's "Presence, like the Sun, has dissipated the Mists that hung upon my Mind"

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Printed for C. Rivington and J. Osborn
1741 [1740]
Mr. B's "Presence, like the Sun, has dissipated the Mists that hung upon my Mind"
Metaphor in Context
Then I will not, my dearest Love (So here, Miss, is another Instance---I could give you an hundred such,---of his receding from his own Will, in Complaisance to mine): Only, continued he, let me warn you against too much Apprehensiveness, for your own sake, as well as mine; for such a Mind, as my Pamela's, I cannot permit to be habitually overclouded. And yet there now hangs upon your Brow an Over-thoughtfulness, which you must not indulge.

Indeed, Sir, I was a little too thoughtful, from my Subject, before you came; but your Presence, like the Sun, has dissipated the Mists that hung upon my Mind. See you not, and I press'd his Hand with my Lips, they are all gone already? smiling upon him, with a Delight unfeigned.
(p. 14)
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Samuel Richardson, Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded. In a Series of Familiar Letters from a Beautiful Young Damsel, to Her Parents: Now First Published in Order to Cultivate the Principles of Virtue and Religion in the Minds of the Youth of Both Sexes. A Narrative Which Has Its Foundation in Truth and Nature: and at the Same Time That It Agreeably Entertains, by a Variety of Curious and Affecting Incidents, Is Intirely Divested of All Those Images, Which, in Too Many Pieces Calculated for Amusement Only, Tend to Inflame the Minds They Should Instruct (London: C. Rivington and J. Robinson, 1740). [Title page says 1741] <Link to ESTC><Link to first vol. of 3rd edition in ECCO-TCP>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.