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For months I could not rid myself of the phantasm of the cat; and, during this period, there came back into my spirit a half-sentiment that seemed, but was not, remorse.
Our books--the books which, for years, had formed no small portion of the mental existence of the invalid--were, as might be supposed, in strict keeping with this character of phantasm.
Experience had bred no fancies in him that could raise the phantasm of appetite.
It seemed to each of them that the life he led himself was the only real life, and the life led by his friend was a mere phantasm.
His brief glimpse into the street had given him a forcible impression of the manner in which the world kept itself cheerful and prosperous, by social pleasures and an intercourse of business, while he, in seclusion, was pursuing an object that might possibly be a phantasm, by a method which most people would call madness.
The painted phantasm Fashion rises to cast a species of derision on what we say.
That means even sensible species retained in phantasms are not intelligible unless abstracted from the individuating conditions.
There's Trapper, who lays traps; The Hag, who leaves phantasms hidden in the ground; The Doctor, who generates electroconvulsive power at will and a host of other gruesomes.
Such a fall into a transitory state of phantasms and illusions, from which we will return only after a long and noisy battle.
No spoilers here, but at film's end, the young girl's phantasms turn out to besomeone to be loved, not feared
Phantasms are therefore tied to the real but at the same time disguise it.
And among the most pernicious phantasms fed by the Internet's speed is the notion that we are building a splendidly effective connectivity when in fact we are embracing a mindset that refuses to accept alterity.