Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

XII.3 Hudson

Roderick's fear--that he may never attain a steady rhythm of resting and waking—mirrors his concerns over a routine labor practice. In this scene, Roderick says to the painter Singleton: ”You remind me of a watch that never runs down. If one listens hard one hears you always--tic-tic, tic-tic." When Roderick asks Singleton if he consistently paints like clockwork, the latter responds affirmatively "with a quickened sense of his indebtedness to a Providence that had endowed him with intrinsic facilities." 

Singleton, then, exemplifies the steady-functioning clock that Rowland hoped Roderick would become. 

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