I was completely fooled by this, and for two days shut myself up in my own room whenever Bertha was absent, that I might intoxicate
myself afresh with the thought of this scene and all it implied.
I wished to recline at full length in a cushioned invalid chair, with pictures about me and sumptuous furniture; with frescoed walls and gilded arches above me and vistas of Corinthian columns stretching far before me; with perfumes of Araby to intoxicate
my senses and the slumbrous drone of distant noises to soothe me to sleep.
It was impetuous, affected, even forced; he sought to glut, intoxicate
himself with strife and carnage.
Finish your long day's work and then intoxicate
your minds with solid history, revel in the too-attractive luxury of the lecture-room, sink under the soft temptation of classes for mutual instruction
Uncertain and unsettled still remains, Deep-versed in books and shallow in himself, Crude or intoxicate
, collecting toys And trifles for choice matters, worth a sponge, As children gathering pebbles on the shore.