His suspicions are confirmed when, later on, he sees Westervelt in full Oriental tegalia on the stage of a lecture-hall giving a performance as a mesmerist
In this regard, Brownson's hero is somewhat an anticipation of Kubin's Patera as a tyrant figure who, like Brownson's hero mesmerist
, uses mental powers to subjugate people (for details on this topic, see Stroe 2007).
In such acts, the mysterious, charismatic mesmerist
would showcase his powers by inducing trances in audience members and displaying his control of their every action onstage.
Tatar, Winter, and Pick all argue for a static method of reading mesmerism within Trilby, in which the wicked mesmerist
Svengali controls absolutely the passive Trilby.
In Le Pantheon, his 1848 collection of articles on Paul Chenavard's mural paintings for the Pantheon, Gautier characterizes God as an omnipresent "fluid," an image dovetailing with the mesmerist
notion of universal fluid:
Of interest here, from a biographical point of view, is the fact that one of Marie Duplessis's doctors was the famous German mesmerist
That comparison suggests not only the power over the subject inherent in the Mesmerist
metaphor but also a less obvious, double dispossession: the subject "speaks" for herself but only through the medium of the hypnotist, while the hypnotist, apparently in control, is also subject to what the hypnotized subject reveals of her inner vision.
31) George du Maurier's Trilby with its sinister figure of the mesmerist
, Svengali, was published in 1894.
Not only that: the Indians had evolved practices like hypnotism and mesmerism through which they could induce individuals to do whatever the hypnotist or mesmerist
11) In the usual ritual of a mesmeric demonstration involving a male mesmerist
and a female subject, Buchanan probably served as the mesmerist
to Anna Quincy Thaxter Parsons, an active member of religious and reform groups in Boston, who, after being put under "Mesmeric influence," examined a series of letters written by famous people and interpreted them.
The relationship of the mesmerist
to the mesmeric subject raised issues of power and control between individuals, classes, and (since most mesmerists
were men and most subjects women) the sexes.
Because little noises keep him awake at night he builds a soundproof cellar and hires a mesmerist
to put him to sleep.