Walkin’ in a Slumber Wonderland

19 Mar

Somnambulism – n. sleepwalking

Classical Usage:  Dimmesdale’s midnight trek to the pillory was almost out of his own conscience control, “Walking in the shadow of a dream, as it were, and perhaps actually under the influence of a species of somnambulism, Mr. Dimmesdale reached the spot, where, now so long since, Hester Prynne had lived through her first hour of public ignominy.”  Bonus points for using ignominy again, Nathaniel.

Classically Mad Usage:  My son’s stuffed tiger has a problem with somnambulism.  He oftentimes prowls through the house in the wee hours of the morning, with my son close at his heels, until he is successfully trapped in our bed.

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in The Scarlet Letter


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