I could not help thinking of the wild ritual of this work, and of its probable influence upon the hypochondriac, when, one evening, having informed me abruptly that the lady Madeline was no more, he stated his intention of preserving her corpse for a fortnight, (previously to its final interment), in one of the numerous vaults within the main walls of the building.
It was, however, the only book immediately at hand; and I indulged a vague hope that the excitement which now agitated the hypochondriac, might find relief (for the history of mental disorder is full of similar anomalies) even in the extremeness of the folly which I should read.
He was clearly a confirmed hypochondriac
, and I was dreamily conscious that he was pouring forth interminable trains of symptoms, and imploring information as to the composition and action of innumerable quack nostrums, some of which he bore about in a leather case in his pocket.
To do him justice, I believe he thinks me a hypochondriac
of the first water; but that young man will go far if he keeps on the wicket.
Why, I know one case in which a hypochondriac
, a man of forty, cut the throat of a little boy of eight, because he couldn't endure the jokes he made every day at table