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Date: 1740

"Here too is Paper; but it is as spotless as your Mind"

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

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Date: 1740, 1742

Children are at a time in their life "when, like Wax, their tender Minds may be moulded into what Shape they please"

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

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Date: 1740, 1742

"I can write my whole Mind to you, tho' I cannot, from the most deplorable Infelicity, receive from you the wish'd for Favour of a few Lines in Return, written with the same Unreservedness."

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

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Date: 1747-8

One's "delicate and even mind" may be see in "the very cut of her letters"

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

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Date: 1751

The hand one writes may be "like her mind, solid and above all flourish"

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

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Date: 1754

"The character he has given you, Sir, is stamped in your countenance"

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

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Date: 1754

"I tried to look again into the paper; but the contents were all in my mind, and filled it"

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

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Date: 1754

"In these papers is my heart laid open"

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

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Date: 1754

"My Soul complains on paper"

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

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Date: 1754

"In presence, we will be one; in absence, we will not be divided; for we will mingle souls and sentiments on paper."

— 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.