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Definitionin people: inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
in animals: a condition of biological rest or suspended animation — (could be in the evening, during the cold, or as in a dormant state all winter)
- Elizabeth alone had the power to draw me from these fits; her gentle voice would soothe me when transported by passion and inspire me with human feelings when sunk in torpor.Chapter 22 (60% in)
- Sometimes, indeed, I felt a wish for happiness and thought with melancholy delight of my beloved cousin or longed, with a devouring maladie du pays, to see once more the blue lake and rapid Rhone, that had been so dear to me in early childhood; but my general state of feeling was a torpor in which a prison was as welcome a residence as the divinest scene in nature; and these fits were seldom interrupted but by paroxysms of anguish and despair.Chapter 21 (83% in)
There are no more uses of "torpor" in Frankenstein.
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