Interested in Language
Can anybody explain to me what the bold text means?
"The habit is now confirmed in me of spending the greater part of the day in sleep, while by night I wander far and wide through the city under the sedative influence of a tincture which has become necessary to my life. Such an existence of shadow is not without charm; nor, I think, could many minds be steadily subjected to its conditions without elevation, deepened awe. To travel alone with the Primordial cannot but be solemn. The moon is of the hue of the glow-worm; and Night of the sepulchre."
Xélucha, M.P.Shiel, 1895
Thank you for your effort
I am not a teacher.
Primordial is an adjective. Here it is used as a noun, with the meaning of 'that which is primordial', 'that which existed at the very beginning of time/life on Earth'. I can only guess at what he is referring to, but since he takes a tincture before his nocturnal sorties his mind might not be quite as clear as he thinks it is.