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OF

A GREAT DELUSION

IN A SERIES OF MATTER-OF-FACT CHAPTERS.

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All the world assenting, and continually repeating and reverberating, there
soon comes that singular phenomenon, which the Germans call Swarmery, or the
"Gathering of Men in Swarms," and what prodigies they are in the habit of doing
and believing, when thrown into that miraculous condition.

Singular, in the case of human swarms, with what perfection of unanimity and
quasi-religious conviction the stupidest absurdities can be received as axioms of
Euclid, nay as articles of faith, which you are not only to believe, unless malignantly
insane, but are (if you have any honour or morality) to push into practice, and
without delay see done, if your soul would live !—Thomas Carlyle.

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