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The Zoist

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Pages: 468

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Unknown Author

Excerpt from book: and, though unable to stand, her legs bending under her, she soon did so on Mr. Atkinson pressing with the points of his fingers against the lowest part of the occiput, and as long as he did this she stood and even dragged a walk with a little support. I then set her down: and she passed into the deeper stage of sleep-waking, knowing that she was asleep, who every body was, and the place and time, and perfectly rational: but, like others in this state, so perfectly at her ease as to form a marked contrast with herself in her ordinary state. From that day her sleep-waking was invariably of this higher description. I do not recollect her ever falling again into the inferior. It is not uncommon for the inferior to return occasionally after the higher has taken place. In some instances those relapses are distant, in others frequent. In this higher state, she ascribed it to the long sleep of the day before, and to my pulling her up and making her stand and walk. The youth already alluded to, who had always been in only the inferior dreamy sleep-waking, went into the higher one day on my drawing him up by tractive passes from his seat towards me, and never relapsed into the dreamy state. A patient of a friend of mine was always in the dreamy state till, on account of some uneasiness, he placed his flat hands upon the pit of her stomach, when she instantly passed into the higher state, but remained in it no longer than his hands were there j and all this was ever afterwards invariably the case: and the rapidity and completeness of the change was most striking. Sometimes in the higher state a little dreaminess remains, and the patient invariably calls one or more persons, even the" mesmeriser, by some name not his own. Her faculty of Time was heightened in her higher sleep-...  

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