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confessions of an English opium-eater.

Thomas De Quincey

confessions of an English opium-eater.

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Published by G. Routledge in London .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Opium abuse

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    SeriesThe New universal library, 1
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR4534 C6 1856
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL16032248M

    Whatever is to become of poor Piranesi, you suppose at least that his labours must in some way terminate here. Of these I have about five thousand, collected gradually since my eighteenth year. MP, closing his eyes : In Combray, I moved through the church I wish him the same success.

    Yet even in that confessions of an English opium-eater. book northern region it was, even in that very valley, nay, in that very house to which my erroneous wishes pointed, that this second birth of my sufferings began, and that they again threatened to besiege the citadel of life and hope. Unfortunately for me and, as I afterwards learned, to this worthy man's great indignationI was transferred to the care, first of a blockhead, who was in a perpetual panic lest I should expose his ignorance; and finally to that of a respectable scholar at the head of a great school on an ancient foundation. I called, was received kindly, and asked to breakfast. I thus give the reader some slight abstraction of my Oriental dreams, which always filled me with such amazement at the monstrous scenery that horror seemed absorbed for a while in sheer astonishment. I left the lodgings the very same hour, and this turned out a very unfortunate occurrence for me, because, living henceforward at inns, I was drained of my money very rapidly.

    Shortly after this, De Quincey realized that he would die if he did not decrease his opium use, and he did so despite very painful withdrawals. I thought in my heart that he was lying; but I did not wish to give him any excuse for charging his own delays upon me. As forestalling that question, and confessions of an English opium-eater. book it a satisfactory answer, which else would painfully obtrude itself in the course of the Opium Confessions--"How came any reasonable being to subject himself to such a yoke of misery; voluntarily to incur a captivity so servile, and knowingly to fetter himself with such a sevenfold chain? I was therefore shy enough of applying for assistance even in those quarters where I was sure of receiving it, at the risk of furnishing my guardians with any clue of recovering me. I set off on foot, carrying a small parcel with some articles of dress under my arm; a favourite English poet in one pocket, and a small 12mo volume, containing about nine plays of Euripides, in the other. The back-story to this classic memoir is simple enough.


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confessions of an English opium-eater. by Thomas De Quincey Download PDF Ebook

A thousand drops bisected would thus have taken nearly six years to reduce, and that way would certainly not have answered. Ricardo; and as these were for the most part of such a nature that I could express or illustrate them more briefly and elegantly by algebraic symbols than in the usual clumsy and loitering diction of economists, the whole would not have filled a confessions of an English opium-eater.

book and being so brief, with M. T de Q: The minutist incidents of childhood, or forgotten scenes of later years, were often revived We both expected, as a matter of course, that Dr.

He was temporarily able to decrease his dosage in the yearand he cites this as the happiest year of his life. Most people, indeed, cannot be addressed on such a business without surveying you with looks as austere and unpropitious as those of a Saracen's head.

There had been some time before a murder committed on or near Hounslow Heath. I slipped through Eton unobserved; washed myself, and as far as possible adjusted my dress, at a little public-house in Windsor; and about eight o'clock went down towards Pote's.

But raise your eyes, and behold a second flight of stairs still higher, on which again Piranesi is perceived, but this time standing on the very brink of the abyss.

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Jeremy Taylor conjectures that it may be as painful to be confessions of an English opium-eater. book as to die. That my pains had vanished was now a trifle in my eyes: this negative effect wasswallowed up in the immensity of those positive effects which had opened before me--in the abyss of divine enjoyment thus confessions of an English opium-eater.

book revealed. Note That a girl it was who had crowned the earth with beauty, and had opened to my thirst fountains of pure celestial love, from which, in this world, I was to drink no more. To have narrated this according to the original intention would have far exceeded the space which can now be allowed.

T de Q: The following dream I confessions of an English opium-eater. book him the same success. Yet he gave the book "a much weaker beginning" and detracted from the impact of the original with digressions and inconsistencies; "the verdict of most critics is that the earlier version is artistically superior".

It also contains manuscript material relating to all three works, and a large quantity of excellent notes. He remembers his first opium experience as mystical and joyous. I cannot read to myself with any pleasure, hardly with a moment's endurance.

MP, closing his eyes : In Combray, I moved through the church For two months I suffered greatly in my head, a part of my bodily structure which had hitherto been so clear from all touch or taint of weakness physically I mean that I used to say of it, as the last Lord Orford said of his stomach, that it seemed likely to survive the rest of my person.

Both these parts of my lighter reading, having furnished me often with matter of reflection, now furnished me with matter for my dreams. Very soon I had run ahead of my allowance, and was about three guineas deep in debt. Indeed, it was not likely that Lord--should ever be in my situation.

The minutest incidents of childhood, or forgotten scenes of later years, were often revived: I could not be said to recollect them, for if I had been told of them when waking, I should not have been able to acknowledge them as parts of my past experience. De Quincey also resents the assumption that opium causes depression and laziness.

T de Q: All this and other changes in my dreams were accompanied by deep-seated anxiety and gloomy melancholy, such as wholly incommunicable by words For the last year and a half this room had been my "pensive citadel": here I had read and studied through all the hours of night, and though true it was that for the latter part of this time I, who was framed for love and gentle affections, had lost my gaiety and happiness during the strife and fever of contention with my guardian, yet, on the other hand, as a boy so passionately fond of books, and dedicated to intellectual pursuits, I could not fail to have enjoyed many happy hours in the midst of general dejection.Dec 27,  · Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

Being an Extract from the Life of a Scholar. TO THE READER. — I here present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period in my life: according to my application of it, I trust that it will prove, not merely an interesting record, but, in a considerable degree, useful and instructive.3/5.

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater launched a fascination with drug use that has continued to our day. Here De Quincey invents recreational drug taking, but he also details both the lurid nightmares that beset him in the depths of his addiction as well as his humiliatingly futile attempts to renounce the drug.

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