the facts in the case of M. Valden Part 1

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  • "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" by Edgar Allan Poe (published 1845)
  • mesmerism- hypnotic induction 
  • " My attention, for the last three years, had been repeatedly drawn to the subject of mesmerism."
  • Articulo Mortis- to the point of death
  • "No person had as yet been mesmerized in articulo mortis, so I want to be the first!"
  • I need someone for my experiment. What about my good friend M. Ernest Valdemar?
  • M. Ernest Valdemar is a well-known compiler of "bibliotheca forensica, and author of the Polish versions of "Wallenstein" and "Gargantua". His black hair is always in a violent contrast with his white whiskers. He is the perfect subject!
  • "Would you like to be a part of my experiment?" 
  • "Of course! I will send for you about 24 hours before the period announced by my physicians as that of my decease"
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