A Roundabout Journey. Notes of a Week's Holiday
[William M Thackeray]
Regular Feature, Editorial, Essay, Drollery
Reflecting that 'Bodily, I may be in 1860, inert, silent, torpid; but in the spirit I am walking about in 1828', the narrator asks, 'Have you read Mr. Dale Owen's Footsteps on the Confines of Another World?—(My dear sir, it will make your hair stand quite refreshingly on end). In that work you will read that when gentlemen's or ladies' spirits travel off a few score or thousand miles to visit a friend, their bodies lie quiet and in a torpid state in their beds or in their arm-chairs at home. So, in this way, I am absent' (625).
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