"In the one ..." Quote of Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In the one instance, the dreamer ... loses sight of this object in a wilderness of deductions and suggestions ... until ... he finds the incitamentum, or first cause of his musings,... forgotten. In my case, the primary object was invariably frivolous, although assuming, through the medium of my distempered vision, a refracted and unreal importance.

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator, in "Berenice," Southern Literary Messenger (1835). Suggestive of the elusive connections between madness and reason in Poe's writings.