To the sentiment of being alone of one's kind, to the clear perception
of the loneliness of one's thoughts, of one's sensations--to the negation of the habitual, which is safe, there is added the affirmation of the unusual, which is dangerous; a suggestion of things vague, uncontrollable, and repulsive, whose discomposing intrusion excites the imagination and tries the civilized nerves of the foolish and the wise alike.
I ought rather to write that I should have been alarmed if I had had energy and concentration enough to help me to the clear perception
of any truth beyond the fact that I was falling very ill.
I had no clear perception
of what it was I really wanted.
It is possible he was unacquainted with the word, but he had a clear perception
of the thing itself.
When that was done, he awoke to a clear perception
that Poll Parroting was solely chargeable with what had passed.