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    Linger for a few weeks

    Hello,

    The text below seems to be a little ambiguous to me, so I would like to ask if the narrator means the doctor will be killed by euthanasia. (the doctor in question is a homicidal schizophrenic maniac who killed several people in the story)

    It is now beyond all doubt that the Doctor escaped from my establishment on that night, though how he contrived to pass out of the house and grounds and into them again without detection is yet unexplained; but to his cunning, as I have hinted, there were positively no bounds.... I need only add that I shall soon have--I may almost say the pleasure--of announcing to you the death of Dr. Raphash. He may still, indeed, linger for a few weeks; but the end, in any case, cannot be distant.

    M.P.Shiel, THE CASE OF EUPHEMIA RAPHASH, 1896


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Linger for a few weeks

    The text you have posted doesn't mention euthanasia. Is it mentioned elswhere in the story?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Linger for a few weeks

    There is no mention about euthanasia in the whole story but also there is no mention about a killer disease on the part of the doctor which should leave him with only a few weeks to live; like I said, the physician was mentally ill, very dangerous and very strong to kill more than one guy on the spot, he was cunning to escape the asylum to kill and get back without detection. So it seems to me the narrator wants to say, "I hope I will have the pleasure of announcing to you the death of the madman (to which we helped him because it was not possible for such a dangerous creature to live in the world ...)

    But I am not sure so I have asked.

    Thank you very much

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    Re: Linger for a few weeks

    All we can guess from that short paragraph is that the writer believes that the doctor is dying. We have no idea at all why the the doctor is dying.

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