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Obsessiveness

Ahab, Captain
obsessed with whale. [Am. Lit.: Moby Dick]
Allmers, Mrs.
obsessed with crippled son. [Nor. Lit.: Little Eyolf]
Bounderby, Josiah
single-minded success addict. [Br. Lit.: Hard Times]
Cardillac
goldsmith who murders to regain what he created. [Ger. Opera: Hindemith, Cardillac, Westerman, 487]
Chillingworth, Roger
“very principle of his life [was] the systematic exercise of revenge.” [Am. Lit.: The Scarlet Letter]
Craig, Harriet
wrapped up in caring for her immaculate home, to the exclusion of all human relationships. [Am. Drama: Craig’s Wife in Hart, 191]
Defarge, Madame
“everlastingly knitting” before the guillotine as heads fell. [Br. Lit.: A Tale of Two Cities]
Dick, Mr.
compulsively thinks, talks, and writes about King Charles’s head. [Br. Lit.: Dickens David Copperfield in Brewer Dictionary, 520]
Herman
only goal in life becomes winning at cards. [Russ. Opera: Tchaikovsky, Queen of Spades, Westerman, 401]
Javert
personification of law’s inexorableness; relentlessly tracks down Valjean. [Fr. Lit.: Les Miserables]
Melford, Lydia
could not think of anything but lover Wilson. [Br. Lit.: Humphry Clinker, Magill I, 394–397]
Nemo, Captain
mysterious submarine captain who attempts vengeance against society. [Fr. Lit.: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea]
Séchard, David
neglects his business in unremitting effort to perfect a paper-making process. [Fr. Lit.: Balzac Lost Illusions in Magill II, 595]
Tiberius
determined at any cost to become Emperor. [Br. Lit.: I, Claudius]
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Our patient had good seizure control with both levetiracetam and lamotrigine, but obsessiveness was associated only with levetiracetam.
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Herbjornsrud's authorial obsessiveness is evident in his love of words and the ways in which they reflect first one truth and then another.
In fact, the methodical obsessiveness of his investigation, and Fiennes's angular physiognomy conjure up the image of a demented Sherlock Holmes, puffing away on hand--rolled ciggies instead of a meerschaum pipe.
Although Barrett admits to sharing her characters' obsessiveness, she made a deliberate decision to reject a scientific career in favor of writing.
Chapter 5, "Forgetting to Remember," addresses the habituation process during the second memory wave (1950s to late 1970s), and chapter 6, "Remembering to Remember," ex amines the increasing obsessiveness with the past during the third memory wave, from the 1980s onwards.