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“Persuade him--speak of your own mind--say you are certain I

“No, you forget, Mrs. Linton,” I suggested, “that you have eaten
some food with a relish this evening, and tomorrow you will
perceive its good effects.”

“If I were only sure it would kill him,” she interrupted, “I’d kill
myself directly! These three awful nights, I’ve never closed my
lids--and oh, I’ve been tormented! I’ve been haunted, Nelly! But I
begin to fancy you don’t like me. How strange! I thought, though
everybody hated and despised each other, they could not avoid
loving me. And they have all turned to enemies in a few hours.
They have, I’m positive--the people here. How dreary to meet
death, surrounded by their cold faces! Isabella, terrified and
repelled, afraid to enter the room, it would be so terrible to watch
Catherine go. And Edgar standing solemnly by to see it over; then
offering prayers of thanks to God for restoring peace to his house,
and going back to his books! What in the name of all that feels has
he to do with books, when I am dying?”

She could not bear the notion which I had put into her head of
Mr. Linton’s philosophical resignation. Tossing about, she
increased her feverish bewilderment to madness, and tore the
pillow with her teeth; then raising herself up all burning, desired
that I would open the window. We were in the middle of winter,
the wind blew strong from the northeast, and I objected.

Both the expressions flitting over her face, and the changes of
her moods, began to alarm me terribly, and brought to my
recollection her former illness, and the doctor’s injunction that she
should not be crossed.

A minute previously she was violent; now, supported on one

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