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For the first year of his confinement,the prisoner suffered severely from depression. The sounds of the piano could be heard continually day and night from his lodge. He refused wine and tobacco. the books he sent for were principally of a light character; novels with a complicated love plot, sensational and fantastic stories, and so on.
In the second year the piano was silent in the lodge, and the prisoner asked only for the classics. But, In the fifth year music was audible again, and the prisoner asked for wine. All that year he spent doing nothing but eating and drinking and lying on his bed. He did not even read books
In the second half of the sixth year the prisoner began zealously studying languages, philosophy, and history.In the course of four years some six hundred volumes were procured at his request.
It was during this period that the banker received the following letter from his prisoner:
The prisoner's desire was fulfilled. The banker ordered two shots to be fired in the garden.
My dear Jailer, I write you these lines in six languages. Show them to people who know the languages. If they find not one mistake I implore you to fire a shot in the garden. That shot will show me that my efforts have not been thrown away.The geniuses of all ages and of all lands speak different languages, but the same flame burns in them all.
After the tenth year, the prisoner sat immovably at the table and read nothing but the Gospel. Theology and histories of religion followed the Bible.
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