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    Ride the wild mare

    Hello,

    The text I need to help with is:

    "Then I went to the bedside and tore aside the fabrics; to behold my mistress´s face all contorted as with fear and pain. Forgetful of all save my desire to drive away her torturing fancies (for I saw that she rode the wild mare), I leaped upon the pillow and caught her head to my lap, where the grey eyes in wonderment, and a flush spread over the cheeks).

    R.M.Gilchrist, The Manuscript of Francis Shackerley, cca. 1900


    I am not sure what the bold text means. Was she emotionally very disturbed? Or in fever?

    Thank you very much
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    Re: Ride the wild mare

    She was having a nightmare.
    “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.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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