1 We rest; a dream has power to poison sleep.
2 I awoke, and my yesternight's thoughts were as a dream.
3 This expedition has been the favourite dream of my early years.
4 The news reached Felix and roused him from his dream of pleasure.
5 Once my fancy was soothed with dreams of virtue, of fame, and of enjoyment.
6 But it was in vain; I slept, indeed, but I was disturbed by the wildest dreams.
7 But it was all a dream; no Eve soothed my sorrows nor shared my thoughts; I was alone.
8 But sleep did not afford me respite from thought and misery; my dreams presented a thousand objects that scared me.
9 I confess to you, my friend, that I love you and that in my airy dreams of futurity you have been my constant friend and companion.
10 These thoughts calmed me, and in the afternoon I sank into a profound sleep; but the fever of my blood did not allow me to be visited by peaceful dreams.
11 The prospect of such an occupation made every other circumstance of existence pass before me like a dream, and that thought only had to me the reality of life.
12 Six years had elapsed, passed in a dream but for one indelible trace, and I stood in the same place where I had last embraced my father before my departure for Ingolstadt.
13 I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.
14 The busy stage of life, the virtues of heroes, and the actions of men were his theme; and his hope and his dream was to become one among those whose names are recorded in story as the gallant and adventurous benefactors of our species.
15 With a confusion of ideas only to be accounted for by my extreme youth and my want of a guide on such matters, I had retrod the steps of knowledge along the paths of time and exchanged the discoveries of recent inquirers for the dreams of forgotten alchemists.
16 I trembled from head to foot; I felt a presentiment of who it was and wished to rouse one of the peasants who dwelt in a cottage not far from mine; but I was overcome by the sensation of helplessness, so often felt in frightful dreams, when you in vain endeavour to fly from an impending danger, and was rooted to the spot.
17 Yet he enjoys one comfort, the offspring of solitude and delirium; he believes that when in dreams he holds converse with his friends and derives from that communion consolation for his miseries or excitements to his vengeance, that they are not the creations of his fancy, but the beings themselves who visit him from the regions of a remote world.
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