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Extent of hit Obstinacy. 5 leave his seat, and come and stand near
me, before the door of the pew. He obstinately refused. Laying my
hand upon his shoulder, to produce compliance, 1 perceived, as he
struggled to resist me, that he was preparing for one of his
tremendous shrieks, which, if uttered at the time, and under the
circumstances of the occasion, would have electrified the whole
assembly. I knew this from my familiarity with the foreboding
movements and expressions of countenance that always accompanied
this practice. I dreaded such an explosion exceedingly, and saw
that there was but one way to prevent it. In an instant, I took his
hat and my own, and ordered him to go with me out of the church.
The unexpectedness of the command, and the strong and stern air of
authority with which I enforced it, to my agreeable surprise, (for,
I confess that I had fears of not succeeding, ) produced immediate
obedience. We went, with all possible expedition, to my study in
the Asylum, adjoining which was a large closet. There I bade him be
seated on a chair, and proceeded to tie his hands behind him with a
silk handkerchief, and his feet together, in the same manner. All
this was done with so much despatch, and with such an air of
determination on my part, that he seemed not to have the time
necessary to collect and array his turbulent feelings into a
confirmed opposition. Had he done this, there is not much
probability that I could have accomplished my object,
single-handed; for his muscular strength and eel-like lubricity of
motion, under the direction of his inflexible obstinacy, when it
was once fairly roused to effort, would, I think, have proved an
over-match for me. I hoped, by tying him as I did, to make him feel
that he was in my power, and, in addition to this, to pr...
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