Fragment II

“His body was emaciated from lack of recreation and food, his nerves frayed and broken by super-excitement and abnormal exertion. Only the spirit seemed thoroughly and constantly alive. One day early in the term, as he stood before his Greek class, the increasing consciousness of his prophetic powers outgrew all further restraint. His eyes burned with a strange and intense light. Suddenly he startled his students with the apocalyptic cry, “Flee to the mountains, for the end of all things is at hand.”

– William Irving Bartlett, Jones Very: Emerson’s Brave Saint

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