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Vaila M.
Shiel E caddi come l’uome cui sonno piglia.--Dante. A good many years ago, a young man, student in Paris, I was informally associated with the great Corot, and eye-witnessed by his side several of those cases of mind-malady, in the analysis of which he was a past master.
I rcmember one little girl of the Marais, who, till the age of nine, in no way seemed to differ from her playmates.
But one night, lying a-bed, she whispered into her mother’s ear: -Maman, can you not hear the sound of the world?- It appears that her rccently-bcgun study of geography had taught her that the earth flies, with an enormous velocity, on an orbit about the sun; and that sound of the world to which she referred was a faint (quite subjective) musical humming, like a shell-murmur, heard in the silence of night, and attributed by her fancy to the song ...

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