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He observed, while tenderly describing the inexorable progress of his mental illness, that Collins "languished some years under that depression of mind which enchains the faculties without destroying them, and leaves reason the knowledge of right without the power of pursuing it.
The crux of the matter is not simply, as Hendershot suggests, the image of British masculinity which enchains man, (31) but rather the means by which to escape the tormenting and gnawing feminine side and the monster of the creative impulse--which is, of course, through the messy marketplace world of business and through profits or many "happy returns" (as opposed to the "revenant" woman haunting him).
Significantly, Noun's most powerful relationship is not with Raymon, but the lifelong bond to Indiana, her mistress, which enchains her more than her slavery.