The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

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From a private hospital for the insane near Providence, Rhode Island, there recently disappeared an exceedingly singular person. He bore the name of Charles Dexter Ward, and was placed under restraint most reluctantly by the grieving father who had watched his aberration grow from a mere eccentricity to a dark mania involving both a possibility of murderous tendencies and a profound and peculiar change in the apparent contents of his mind. Doctors confess themselves quite baffled by his case, since it presented oddities of a general physiological as well as psychological character. In the first place, the patient seemed oddly older than his twenty-six years would warrant. Mental disturbance, it is true, will age one rapidly; but the face of this young man had taken on a subtle cast which only the very aged normally acquire. In the second place, his organic processes shewed a certain queerness of proportion which nothing in medical experience can parallel. Respiration and heart acti

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The Case of Charles Dexter WardBy H. P. LovecraftThe essential Saltes of Animals may be so prepared and preserved, that aningenious Man may have the whole Ark of Noah in his own Studie, and raise the fineShape of an Animal out of its Ashes at his Pleasure; and by the lyke Method from theessential Saltes of humane Dust, a Philosopher may, without any criminalNecromancy, call up the Shape of any dead Ancestour from the Dust whereinto hisBodie has been incinerated.BORELLUSI. A Result and a Prologue1.From a private hospital for the insane near Providence, Rhode Island, there recently disappearedan exceedingly singular person. He bore the name of Charles Dexter Ward, and was placed underrestraint most reluctantly by the grieving father who had watched his aberration grow from a mereeccentricity to a dark mania involving both a possibility of murderous tendencies and a profoundand peculiar change in the apparent contents of his mind. Doctors confess themselves quitebaffled by his case, since it presented oddities of a general physiological as well as psychologicalcharacter.In the first place, the patient seemed oddly older than his twenty-six years would warrant.Mental disturbance, it is true, will age one rapidly; but the face of this young man had taken on asubtle cast which only the very aged normally acquire. In the second place, his organic processesshewed a certain queerness of proportion which nothing in medical experience can parallel.Respirati

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