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Twenty of Me

Dreamed 1820s? by Robert MacNish

I remember of dreaming on one occasion that I possessed ubiquity, twenty resemblances of myself appearing in as many different places, in the same room; and each being so thoroughly possessed by my own mind, that I could not ascertain which of them was myself, and which my double, etc. On this occasion, fancy so far travelled into the regions of absurdity, that I conceived myself riding upon my own back--one of the resemblances being mounted upon another, and both animated with the soul appertaining to myself, in such a manner that I knew not whether I was the carrier or the carried.

From Robert MacNish, The Philosophy of Sleep (1830) quoted in The Oxford Book of Dreams (ed. Stephen Brook, 1983)

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