Mirror of Literature,  11 (1828), 261–63.

The Sketch-Book. The Pleasure Hunter. A Fragment



Regular Feature—Introduction; Extract, Novel

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[Beazley] 1828


Death, Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment, Narcotics

    The narrator is the eponymous roué, who is dying. He protests that he is not, and that his physicians 'judge by their own emaciated, fragile bodies; they have no idea how much such a firm-knit, athletic frame' as his can suffer (261). He considers the physicians fools, reporting that they insisted that he should sleep and gave him a 'cursed' potion. His sleep was filled with monstrous nightmares, and he observes 'I would rather invent some machine to prop my eyes open, than take their cursed opiates to damn me before my time'. (262)

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