and frightened. I suppose there was something in my looks or manner that alarmed her; but she would
not go, and that literally saved me. You had no idea, sir, that a living man could be made so
abject a slave of Satan,' he said, with a ghastly groan and a shudder.
Tere was a pause here, and I said, ‘You werepreserved nevertheless. It was the act of God. You are
in his hands and in the power of no other being: be therefore confdent for the future.'
Chapter X HOME
I made him have candles lighted, and saw the room looking cheery and inhabited before I left him. I
told him that he must regard his illness strictly as one dependent on physical,
thoughsubtlephysical, causes. I told him that he had evidence of God's care and love in the
deliverance which he had just described, and that I had perceived with pain that he seemed to
regard its peculiar features as indicating that he had been delivered over to spiritual
reprobation. Than such a conclu-sion nothing could be, I insisted, less warranted; and not only so,
but more contrary to facts, as disclosed in his mysterious deliverance from that murderous
influence during his Shrop-shire excursion. First, his niece had been retained by his side without
his intending to keep her near him; and, secondly, there had been infused into his mind an
irresistible repug-nance to execute the dreadful suggestion in her presence.
As I reasoned this point with him, Mr Jennings wept. He seemed comforted. One promise I exacted,
which was that should the monkey at any time return, I should be sent for immediately; and,
repeating my assurance that I would give neither time nor thought to any other subject until I had
thoroughly investigated his case, and that to-morrow he should hear the result, I took my leave.
Before getting into the carriage I told the servant that his master was far from well, and that he
should make a point of frequently looking into his room.
My own arrangements I made with a view to being quite secure from interruption.
I merely called at my lodgings, and with a travelling-desk and carpet- bag, set off in a
hackney-carriage for an inn about two miles out of town, calledThe Horns, a very quiet and
comfortable house, with good thick walls. And there I resolved, without the possibility of
intrusion or distraction, to devote some hours of the night, in my comfortable sitting-room, to Mr
Jennings'case, and so much of the morning as it might require.
(There occurs here a careful note of Dr Hesselius'opinion upon the case and of the habits, dietary,
and medicines which he prescribed. It is curious - some persons would say mystical. But on the 兼职在