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EXCERPT from book: "... The reader may be sure, therefore, that I made attempts innumerable to reduce the quantity (((OF OPIUM))). I add, that those who witnessed the agonies of those attempts, and not myself, were the first to beg me to desist. But could not I have reduced it a drop a day, or by adding water, have bisected or trisected a drop?...

... that down to a certain point it can be reduced with ease and even pleasure, but, that after that point, further reduction causes intense suffering. ..."




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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

by Thomas de Quincey

Heritage Press - New York - 1950

Note: the original edition was published sometime in the 19th century.








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