Possessed with a mania
for talking heraldry, he once asked the young Vicomte de Portenduere why his arms were charged in a certain way, and drew down upon himself the happy answer, "I did not make them.
She could not even get her proper rest, for she was haunted by the fear that Hans would yield to his mania
and kill Dennin while she slept.
I found her, as usual, busy with some piece of soft embroidery (the mania
for Berlin wools had not yet commenced), while her sister was seated at the chimney-corner, with the cat on her knee, mending a heap of stockings.
She had once visited a spinster--poor, silly, and unattractive--whose mania
it was that every man who approached her fell in love.
Though Frascati's and the Salon were open at that time in Paris, the mania
for play was so widely spread that the public gambling-rooms did not suffice for the general ardour, and gambling went on in private houses as much as if there had been no public means for gratifying the passion.
If you had never yielded to this fatal mania
, Pancks,' said Clennam, more in commiseration than retaliation, 'it would have been how much better for you, and how much better for me
But they immediately drew the deduction that the crime could only have been committed through temporary mental derangement, through homicidal mania
, without object or the pursuit of gain.
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