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Date: 1688

"This rais'd him to a Storm; and in his Madness, they had much ado to save him from laying violent Hands on himself"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1688

"Yet this serv'd not altogether to make him cease his different Passions, which sometimes rag'd within him, and sometimes softned into Showers"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1688

"I will be deaf and blind, and guard my Heart with Walls of Ice, and make you know, that when the Flames of true Devotion are kindled in a Heart, it puts out all other Fires; which are as ineffectual, as Candles lighted in the Face of the Sun."

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1689

"Ah, Sister! (reply'd the dejected Henault) your Counsel comes too late, and your Reasons are of too feeble force, to rebate those Arrows, the Charming Isabella's Eyes have fix'd in my Heart and Soul"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1696

"Ambition only fired my Youth, and led me on to Greatness; but now a gentler Flame hath filled my Heart, yet more tormenting."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1696

"Nor did the bounteous Powers stop with these Graces; but gave also a Mind composed of Harmony: wise, as experienced Age; witty, as Youth, inspired with Poetry: and innocent, as harmless Childhood."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1696

"But methinks, said Olimpia, one recommended by me, should make a little deeper impression on that frigid Heart of yours."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1696

"All this is truth; but 'tis a Truth of such a consequence, that I must lay upon you wonderful Injunctions e're I venture to unravel it, your faithful Breast must lock this Secret up as safe as if my Life depended upon disclosing it; or if there is any thing you hold dearer, by that I conjure yo...

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1696

"The Prince, at this moment, banish'd from his Breast the Idea of all the Court-Beauties he had ever seen, and gaz'd on this Master-piece of Nature so long, till he had imprinted Cordelia's Image too deep for time ever to deface."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1696

"He resolv'd a thousand Projects in his working Brain, which way to obtain access to her."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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