madness


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The suicide of a lady - THIS ACT OF MADNESS OR DESPAIR.
For my Dulcinea, I will venture to swear, never saw a Moor in her life, as he is, in his proper costume, and she is this day as the mother that bore her, and I should plainly be doing her a wrong if, fancying anything else, I were to go mad with the same kind of madness as Roland the Furious.
Violent madness was objectionable because it spoiled the fun of others and often culminated in tragedy.
I drove my fingers into my ears, but they screamed into my head till the room rang with it, that in one generation before him the madness slumbered, but that his grandfather had lived for years with his hands fettered to the ground, to prevent his tearing himself to pieces.
In the case of Orestes, for example, there is the madness which led to his capture, and his deliverance by means of the purificatory rite.
Edgar, left thus alone on the centre of the turret roof, found himself altogether his own master in a way which tended to increase his madness.
Suffering was it, and impotence--that created all backworlds; and the short madness of happiness, which only the greatest sufferer experienceth.
The student should discover proof of this conclusion in the play; but it should be added that all the earlier versions of the story explicitly state that the madness is feigned.
Ah, this one is not like the other, and his madness is less affecting than this one's display of reason.
Then the woman turned, screaming with rage and madness, and ran at Nada to kill her with her hands.
He imagined that his superior held him in contempt, and so he chafed and fumed inwardly until one evening his madness became suddenly homicidal.
It was a madness, but she refused to consider the madness.