Casper Hauser: An Account of an Individual, Kept in a Dungeon, Separated from All Communication with the World, from Early Childhood to about the Age of Seventeen : Drawn Up from Legal Documents

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Allen and Ticknor, 1832 - 178

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Strona 103 - It is, I think, agreed by all that Distance, of itself and immediately, cannot be seen. For, distance being a line directed endwise to the eye, it projects only one point in the fund of the eye, which point remains invariably the same, whether the distance be longer or shorter.
Strona 99 - That what I then saw were fields, hills, and houses; that many things which at that time appeared to me much larger, were, in fact, much smaller, while many other things...
Strona 61 - ... to teach him to stand. This he repeated at several different times. The manner in which he effected this was the following : he seized him firmly around the breast, from behind, placed his feet behind Caspar's feet, and lifted these, as in stepping forward. " Finally, the man appeared once again, placed Caspar's bands over his shoulders, tied them fast, and thus carried him on his back out of the prison.
Strona 36 - Not only his mind, but many of his senses appeared at first to be in a state of torpor, and only gradually to open to the perception of external objects. It was not before the lapse of several days that he began to notice the striking of the steeple clock, and the ringing of the bells. This threw him into the greatest astonishment, which at first' was expressed only by his listening looks and by certain spasmodic motions of his countenance; but it was soon succeeded by a. stare of benumbed meditation....
Strona 58 - He never saw the face of the man who brought him his meat and drink. In his hole he had two wooden horses and several ribbons. With these horses he had always amused himself as long as he was awake...
Strona 61 - It is evident, and other circumstances prove it to be a fact, that Caspar could not yet, at that time, distinguish the motion of ascending from that of descending, or height from depth, even as to the impressions made upon his own feelings; and that he was consequently still less able to designate this difference correctly by means of words. What Caspar calls a hill, must, in all probability, have been a pair of stairs. Caspar also thinks he can recollect, that, in being carried, he brushed against...
Strona 118 - But, in general, he was accustomed to ask, respecting almost every production of nature, who made that thing? Of the beauties of nature he had no perception. Nor did nature seem to interest him otherwise than by exciting his curiosity, and by suggesting the question, who made such a thing? When, for the first time, he saw a rainbow, its view appeared for a few moments to give him pleasure. But he soon turned away from it; and he seemed to be much more interested in the question, who made it? than...
Strona 120 - ... may now also be locked up for a few days, that he may learn to know how hard it is to be treated so. Before seeing this beautiful celestial display, Caspar had never...
Strona 127 - In dissecting plants, he noticed subtile distinctions and delicate particles, which had entirely escaped the observation of others. Scarcely less sharp and penetrating than his sight was his hearing. When taking a walk in the fields, he once heard at a comparatively great distance, the footsteps of several persons, and he could distinguish these persons from each other by their walk. He had once an opportunity of comparing the acuteness of his hearing, with the still greater...
Strona 14 - The odour of flesh was, to him, the most horrible of all smells. When the first morsel was offered to him, scarcely had it touched his lips, before he shuddered : the muscles of his face were seized with convulsive spasms ; and, with visible horror, he spat it out.

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