Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

XIII.2 Hudson

In saying to Rowland ----

“All that's very easy to say, . . . but you must remember that there are such things as nerves, and senses, and imagination, and a restless demon within that may sleep sometimes for a day, or for six months, but that sooner or later wakes up and thumps at your ribs till you listen to him! If you can’t understand it, take it on trust, and let a poor imaginative devil live his life as he can!”

---- Roderick declares that he suffers from what we would now call an anxiety disorder that affects his "nerves," "senses," and "imagination." It is an internal nervousness that causes heart-thumping anxiety and subsequent exhaustion. 

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