Sarah Atkinson is an ancestor of Tom Crick, and wife of Thomas Atkinson. Thomas suspects that she has had an affair with another man and strikes Sarah in the head, knocking her to the ground and, in the process, her head hits a table. This causes her to “lose” her mind, “For having been struck, Sarah not only fell but in falling knocked her head against the corner of a walnut writing-table with such violence that though, after several hours, she recovered consciousness, she never again recovered her wits.” (Swift 77). After suffering this traumatic experience Sarah is the subject of mystical stories that begin ...
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...iences to deal with. In order to deal with these painful thoughts he turns the past into stories and often replaces rationality in favour of mysticism. This helped him to remove the element of reality from his stories and deal with the pain he had in the here and now.
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