“Twilight In the Wilderness”(1860), Frederic Edwin Church

Raby, P: “Samuel Butler”, p77:

“….Each moment I felt increasing upon me that dreadful doubt as to my own identity – as to the continuity of my past and present existence – which is the first sign of that distraction which comes to those who have lost themselves in the bush. I had fought against this feeling hitherto, and had conquered it; but the intense silence and gloom of this rocky wilderness were too much for me, and I felt that my power of collecting myself was beginning to be impaired.”.

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