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    Cured...cured!

    Hello,


    The text I need to help with is:

    "I BOUGHT his body for ten francs. Months before I had bought his soul, bought it for the first glass of the poison--the first glass of the new series of horrors since his discharge, cured--cured!--from the "retreat." Yes, I tempted him, I, a doctor! Bound by the vows--faugh! I needed his body!"

    Aleister Crowley, The Soul Hunter, 1910


    It seems to me the mad doctor tempted the guy who (after his discharging from the "retreat", probably an addicts rehabilitation center) had been on the wagon for a while to drinking again to get his body to experiment with. Am I right?


    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Cured...cured!

    You seem to be right. I would need more context to be certain.

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    Re: Cured...cured!

    I think you're right. Crowley is leaving a lot out of his text for the reader to fill in. You could understand the last half of the sentence as something like "The first glass... since his discharge from the treatment center (when he had shouted 'Cured! Cured!')."

    p.s. The five punctuation marks in a row at the end of my sentence may rival some of Crowley's prose as a challenge for the student.
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