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Date: 1740

From letters "one may judge of, nay, almost see, the inmost Recesses" of the Mind

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

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Date: 1740

"She pours out all her Soul in [Soliloquies and little Reasonings] before her Parents without Disguise; so that one may judge of, nay, almost see, the inmost Recesses of her Mind"

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

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Date: 1740, 1742

"For, as I have heard you, my best Tutor, often observe, the Peculiarities of Habit, where a Person aims at something fantastick, or out of Character, are an undoubted Sign of a wrong Head: For such an one is so kind, as always to hang out on his Sign, what sort of Furniture he has in his Shop, t...

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

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Date: 1740

"And yet the Soul, shut up in her dark Room, / Viewing so clear abroad, at home sees nothing"

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

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Date: 1740, 1742

"I see your sweet Eyes begin to glisten:---- O how this Subject raises your whole Soul to the Windows of it!"

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

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Date: 1747-8

"Lovelace, tell me, if thou canst, what sort of sign must thou hang out, wert thou obliged to give us a clear idea by it of the furniture of thy mind?"

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

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Date: 1747-8

"And he apprehends, that, in the study of Human Nature, the knowlege of those apprehensions leads us farther into the recesses of the Human Mind, than the colder and more general reflections suited to a continued and more contracted Narrative."

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

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Date: 1747-8

"[W]hen I heard her sentiments on two or three subjects, and took notice of that searching eye, darting into the very inmost cells of our frothy brains, by my faith, it made me look about me"

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

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Date: 1747-8

"The Eye is the casement at which the heart generally looks out"

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

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Date: 1747-8

"Lovelace, tell me, if thou canst, what sort of sign must thou hang out, wert thou obliged to give us a clear idea by it of the furniture of thy mind?"

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

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