"After this, therefore, I took hasheesh many times; nay, more, life became
with me one prolonged state of hasheesh exaltation -- a very network,
singularly varied, of golden and iron strands, and throughout this life I
ever and anon bore hours of wretchedness from superhuman threatenings such
as I would not, if I could, transcribe entire, unless called by most
imperative duty to hand down a legacy of admonition to all who may seek by
other than the appointed means to mount into a life above the utterly
material. I shall not, therefore, detail in their order of time all the
visitations of horror which afflicted me, but will endeavor here and there
to cull those which may most graphically foreshadow that "`last state of a
man which is worse than the first.'"
SOURCE: Ludlow, Fitz Hugh "Then Seeva opened
on the Accursed One his Eye of Anger"
The Hasheesh Eater, available at this library.
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