impulse comes from a person at a distance--an uncontrollable impulse."
"Obsession!" he shrieked, in an ecstasy of delight. "It is the rarest condition.
We have eight cases, five well attested. You don't mean to say----" His
exultation made him hardly articulate. "No, I don't," said I. "Good-evening!
You will excuse me, but I am not very w ell to-night." And so at last I got rid
of him, still brandishing his pencil and his note-book. My troubles may be bad
to hear, but at least it is better to hug them to myself than to have myself
exhibited by Wilson, like a freak at a fair. He has lost sight of human beings.
Every thing to him is a case and a phenomenon. I will die before I speak to
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April 13. My nerves have quite recovered their tone. I really believe that I
have conquered the creature. But I must confess to living in some suspense. She
is well again, for I hear that she was driving with Mrs. Wilson in the High
Street in the afternoon. April 14. I do wish I could get away from the place
altogether. I shall fly to Agatha's side the very day that the term closes. I
suppose it is pitiably weak of me, but this woman gets upon my nerves most
terribly. I have seen her again, and I have spoken with her. It was just after
lunch, and I was smoking a cigarette in my study, when I heard the step of my
servant Murray in the passage. I was languidly conscious that a second step
was audible behind, and had hardly troubled myself to speculate who it might be,
when suddenly a slight noise brought me out of my chair with my skin creeping
with apprehension. I had never particularly observed before what sort of sound
the tapping of a crutch was, but my quivering nerves told me that I heard it now
in the sharp wooden clack which alternated with the muffled thud of the foot fall.
Another instant and my servant had shown her in. I did not attempt the usual
conventions of society, nor did she. I simply stood with the smouldering cigarette
in my hand, and gazed at her. She in her turn looked silently at me, and at her
look I remembered how in these very pages I had tried to define the expression of
her eyes, whether they were furtive or fierce. To- day they were fierce--coldly and