...Other references to hashish that Ludlow may have drawn upon to pique his curiosity were an account in The Count of Monte Cristo (where hashish was described as an aphrodisiac, providing "a dream of passion like that promised by the prophet to the Elect. Lips of stone turned to flame, breasts of ice became like heated lava... love was as a sorrow and voluptuousness a torture, as burning mouths were pressed to his thirsty lips, and he was held in cool serpentlike embraces")...
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