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MISCELLANEOUS MENTAL METAPHORS




[It's not a case of] taking off your literature head and putting on your language head.
[[Speech: source]
{Different mental aspects as different heads.}


He thought of Francine. He could not bring her image to his mind, and he did not try; he thought of her as flesh, as softness, as warmth. Though he did not know why ..., he thought of her as (* A PART OF HIMSELF THAT COULD NOT QUITE MAKE ANOTHER PART OF HIMSELF WARM. SOMEHOW HE HAD PUSHED THAT PART AWAY FROM HIM ONCE.*) He felt himself sinking toward that warmth; and cold, before he met it, he slept again.
[[Text: source, p.214]]
{Someone else viewed as part of himself. Elaborated oddly in that he had pushed the part away from himself.}


... and was rising to take his leave when something, (* THE ECHO PERHAPS OF A FAINTLY PERCEPTIBLE TENSION *) in the last word spoken, prompted him to add one last query.
[[Text: source p.212]]
{COGNIZING AS PERCEIVING in a way other than seeing.}

Deep inside his ears the [police] inspector (* DISTINCTLY HEARD THE SOUND OF HIS HYPOTHESES falling noisily to pieces .*)
[[Text: source p.180]]
{COGNIZING AS PERCEIVING in a way other than seeing.}

One of the things that Mars has tried to tell us over the last several decades is, `Don't assume I'm going to be simple.'
[[Text: source]]
{PERSONIFICATION of Mars. Speech of the metaphorical agent stands metaphorically for an inference about Mars. NB: The personification is used also inside Mars's speech itself.}

... he just hates it so - just - really - viscerally and if he looked up the word he'd say yes, that's where I hate it, (* I HATE IT IN MY INTERNAL ORGANS, IN MY BOWELS.*)
[[Text: source]]
{EMOTION AS LOCATED IN BODY PARTS}

The phone rang, (* SNAPPING HER OUT OF HER THOUGHTS.*)
[[Text: source p.197]]

Because doesn't love mean (* THAT PERSON IS ALWAYS WITH YOU, EVEN IF NOT PHYSICALLY? DON'T PEOPLE IN LOVE HOLD ON TO EACH OTHER'S PRESENCE,*) ...?
[[Text: source p.197]]

... or it couldn't have (* FOUND ITS WAY INTO Man's CHECKERED CONSCIOUSNESS.*)
[[Text: source p.147]]

... fixing dark eyes on her and (* TOSSING A HAND GRENADE INTO HER NERVES.*)
[[Text: source p.142]]

Whenever a man hit on her, her spine stiffened and (* HER ANGER RUSHED [p.130:] TO THE FRONT LINES, READY TO ATTACK.*) But she felt none of that with this woman. (* EVERYTHING INSIDE HER STAYED RELAXED.*)
[[Text: source p.129]]

... sitting alone in his room, smoking a pipe, (* FEELING HIMSELF GETTING CLOSER TO THE FALLS, THE BLACK SLIDE OF DEPRESSION.*)
[[Text: source p.111]]
{NESTED within an internal monologue}

Sara could tell (* HER MOTHER'S EMOTIONS WERE ALMOST AT THE BREAKING POINT.*)
[[Text: source p.85]]

There was the (* FEAR THAT FELT LIKE HOT IRONS SEARING HER.*) She could feel her cheeks reddening, her body temperature rising; sunlight coming through the French doors was scoring her eyes.
[[Text: source p.85]]
{discourse coherence: heat theme continued}

(* HER SKIN REMEMBERED HIS tears;*) maybe they had seeped in and her blood was saltier this morning.
[[Text: source p.84-5]]

... and (* BRING THE DEAD PART OF HER SOUL BACK TO LIFE.*)
[[Text: source p.62]]

(* Her eyes had been on the door, HER MIND ON OTHER THINGS.*)
[[Text: source p.54]]

But unlike me, Patrick is (* ready to *) (* Put all the other stuff aside *) and make love. I'll go along, but (* INSIDE I'M GOING OVER *) who RSVP'd and whether serving minipizzas is just asking for trouble on my new rug.
[[Text: source p.77]]

... Schaeffer said, `it (the ETZ agreement) ... created a third bureaucracy. (* IT STARTS TO DEVELOP A MIND OF ITS OWN, AN INTENT OF ITS OWN,*) ...
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... and thinking that rather than have a confrontation he would simply find some other way past the chamber. (* THE THOUGHT TURNED INTO ACTION *) as soon as he got back to the tunnel ...
[[Text: source p.559]]

As Brome watched her leave, (* HE THOUGHT TO HIMSELF THAT *) there were times when she spoke with the same mysterious certainty Rose had sometimes had.
[[Text: source p.439]]

... and (* HE SAID WHAT WAS IN HIS HEART: 'What are we going to do, Rebecca?' *)
[[Text: source p.431]]

Bracken found that Stonecrop, on the other hand, (* HAD A VERY HARD AND POWERFUL SPIRIT, THOUGH ONE THAT WAS INFLEXIBLE AND THEREFORE, IN MEDLAR'S TERMS, FAIRLY EASY TO GET ROUND.*)
[[Text: source p.418]]

{PERSONIFICATION}
(* THE ECHOES OF HIS PAWSTEPS kept coming back to him, running in from all directions, TRIPPING OVER THEMSELVES IN THEIR EAGERNESS TO CONFUSE HIM,*) disappearing off behind him.
[[Text: source p.275]]

{PERSONIFICATION}
(* FROM ITS FIRST MOMENT, THE DAY SEEMED TO CARRY HER ALONG SO THAT SHE SURRENDERED TO ITS WILL AND DID WHATEVER IT SEEMED TO WANT.*..) ... (..* AND THE DAY SEEMED SO FREE WITH ITSELF THAT IT ALMOST ASKED THAT *) she should ...
[[Text: source p.210]]

{DREAM AS LIQUID}
He had fallen asleep remembering, and then got (* SWAMPED IN NIGHTMARE.*)
[[Text: source p.475]]

{DREAMS AS CONTAINERS}
Pregnancy for them was a burden, not a miracle. (* ALL THE EXCITEMENT IT MIGHT HAVE RELEASED IN THEM SEEMED TO HAVE POURED INTO HER, INSTEAD, SEEPED EVEN INTO HER DREAMS --- SWOLLEN SCARLET DREAMS *) where she was hugely pregnant and childbirth was a kind of sacred orgasm ...
[[Text: source p.453]]

(* THE MISERY OF HIS SITUATION QUICKLY BLACKENED HIS CONSCIOUSNESS.*)
[[Text: source p.138]]

He felt himself, sitting upright in the car and dominating his body's wretchedness, as a (* BLACK MACHINE OF WILL, A VINDICTIVE MACHINE BLACK WITH MISERY AND RAGE, POWERED BY ONE INTENTION, TO FIND AND DESTROY.*)
[[Text: source p.86]]

... (* HE COULD NOT NOW CHECK THE ENGINE WHICH WAS DRIVING HIM ON.*)
[[Text: source p.87]]
{NB: DISCOURSE COHERENCE: the ``engine'' links to the ``machine'' in p.86 example (see just above).}

But [Ireland] is also an island, divided, angry, (* FULL OF OLD DEMONS AND OLD HATE.*)
[[Text: source p.82]]

Gerard ... was aware of (* THE LITTLE CLOUD THAT HUNG OVER HIS FRIEND AND HASTENED TO DISPEL IT.*)
[[Text: source p.43]]

[Love] (* CAME SPEEDING IN FROM ALL THE FAR-SPREAD REGIONS OF HIS *BEING, HOT WITH PAIN, CRYING AND WAILING WITH THE AGONY OF THAT SEVERANCE.*)
[[Text: source p.42]]

'Philosophy! (* EMPTY THINKING *) by ignorant conceited men who think they can (* DIGEST WITHOUT EATING!*..) They fancy their (..* SUBSTANCELESS THOUGHT *)
[[Text: source p.22]]

(* SOME LITTLE NARROW DEEP COMFORT had been taken from me. Was it true that that LITTLE DEEP LOSS *) would prove the (* LAST STRAW WHICH WOULD BREAK THE BARRIER AGAINST DESPERATION, AGAINST TOTAL RECKLESS MADNESS?*)
[[Text: source p.54]]

Then I was with her and there was (* A STRANGE BLANKNESS, AN UTTER CALM OF DELIGHT.*)
[[Text: source p.339]]

{MIND AS CHEMISTRY}
I was always profoundly relieved and glad to come to Crystal, though this never, (* IN THE HARSH CHEMISTRY OF MY SOUL, SET GOING ANY WISH *) to see her oftener, ...
[[Text: source p.244]]

{COGNITION AS ACOUSTIC VIBRATION}
"The important thing is to be (* TUNED IN TO *) your child and to yourselves as separate human beings," Rosenfeld explains. "What counts is that you're aware of what the child's needs are at that moment and the ways you as an individual feel most comfortable meeting those needs."
[[Text: source]]

{COGNITION AS ACOUSTIC VIBRATION}
Rosenfeld reports that parents who are (* IN TUNE WITH *) their own inner psychological life are able to determine how to ...
[[Text: source]]

{BRAIN AS IDEA HOLDER}
(* IT WAS IN THE RECESSES OF YOUR BRAIN.*)
[[Speech: source]]

{EXPERIENCE AS PHYSICAL SPACE}
Absent any clear standards for ``healthy'' thinking, some individuals attempt to ban their own sexual thoughts with such vigor that they (* CLOSE OFF AN ENTIRE SECTOR OF EXPERIENCE.*)
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{BELIEVING AS MACHINE OPERATION}
... he had come to (* SWITCH OFF BELIEF *) when she began spinning a narrative.
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{BELIEF AS SHINING?}
He seemed to (* SHINE FROM WITHIN, WITH A SELF-BELIEF THAT *) it was all going to happen.
[[Text: source]]

{MENTAL STATES AS OBJECTS IN HEART}
I set off with a list of addresses of modelling schools in my handbag, and [a] (* LOT OF HOPE IN MY HEART.*)
[[Text: source]]
{NB: zeugma-avoidance}

{PERSONALITY AS PHYSICAL OBJECT}
Timothy was a person you went to for absolution because there was something contained and steady about his life. (* I HAD SO MANY RAGGED EDGES, SO MANY DESIRES.*)
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{EMOTIONS AS CHEMICALS}
I could feel (* EXCITEMENT BUBBLE UP, MIXED WITH EQUAL PARTS FEAR.*)
[[Text: source]]

{GUT AS CONTAINER OF IDEAS}
{description of a toy:} You would pose a question and then turn the ball upside down in your hand. When you righted it, the cube in the water [inside the ball] would float to the surface with one of the printed messages uppermost. That would be the answer to your query. [NP] (* IN MY GUT, I COULD FEEL A MESSAGE BEGIN TO RISE TO THE SURFACE.*)
[[Text: source]]

{COGNIZING AS STUFF??}
At that moment I think (* I HALF BELIEVED---I HALF HOPED *)---to see [the town of Ashton] disintegrate before my eyes, to see his Day of Judgment really arrived.
[[Text: source]]
{INTERMEDIATE ATTITUDE}

{IDEA/FEELING AS PHYSICAL PROCESS?}
... but I could not (* QUELL MY SENSE OF AGITATION *) at our situation. In what was it strange? What more natural than that Mr Wroe ... should offer to bring me home? ... {one sentence} ... But (* the strangeness *..) of us being in such a place together (..* swam before me *) continually, and when he knocked firmly on the bedchamber door I nearly jumped out of my skin.
[[Text: source]]

{BRAIN AS PERSON/HAND amixed with metaphorical view of accessibility as being at one's fingertips}
I wonder if you happen (* TO HAVE AT THE FINGERTIPS OF YOUR BRAIN *) any references to detection of varying frequencies by hair cell response?
[[Text: source]]

{EMOTIONS AND EMOTION-BASED THOUGHT AS NOT IN HEAD}
I (* KNEW IN MY HEAD [[word stressed]] *) that [[something towards which the "I" had a negative emotional attitude]]
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{SOUL AS PHYSICAL OBJECT}
Then (* MY SOUL IS ON FIRE WITH inspiration.*)
[[Text: source p.423]]

{IDEAS AS PHYSICAL OBJECTS or IDEA AS STORY ???}
... and the idea would be quickly rejected and forgotten if it did not (* `RING TRUE.'*)
[[Text: source p.422]]

{SPIRIT AS BODY mixed with PERSONAL QUALITY AS PHYSICAL OBJECT}
This (* LIBERATION OF HIS SPIRIT FROM THE LOAD OF HIS WEAKNESS *) ...
[[Text: source p.66]]

{BRAIN AS BOMB}
`... Dynamite is ... our best method. ... It expands; it only destroys because it broadens; even so, (* THOUGHT ONLY DESTROYS BECAUSE IT BROADENS. A MAN'S BRAIN IS A BOMB,*..)' he cried out, ... `(..* MY BRAIN FEELS LIKE A BOMB,*..) night and day. (..* IT MUST EXPAND! IT MUST EXPAND! A MAN'S BRAIN MUST EXPAND, IF IT BREAKS UP THE UNIVERSE.*)' {NB: zeugma-avoidance -- real vs. mental broadening}
[[Text: source p.64-5]]

{COGNITION AS LYING IN NON-BRAIN BODY REGIONS}
`Every man (* KNOWS IN HIS HEART,*)' he [the Professor] said, `that nothing is worth doing.'
[[Text: source p.65]]

{IDEAS AS SOUND}
... the name had set up (* A LOW HUM IN MY MEMORY, LIKE THE NEARLY INAUDIBLE BUZZ OF POWER LINES OVERHEAD.*)
[[Text: source]]

{IDEAS AS SOUND}
There (* CLANGED IN HIS MIND *..) that unanswerable and terrible (..* TRUISM *) in the song of Roland ... which in the old nasal French has the clang and groan of great iron.
[[Text: source p.66]]
{NB: it could well be the linguistic expression of the truism in the song -- rather than the truism as a concept --- that clangs}

{IDEAS AS SOUND}
It may have been merely (* A CRESCENDO OF NERVOUS FANCY *) that had gone before, but those black discs were dreadful to Syme;
[[Text: source p.60]]

It's not as strange as (* IT SOUNDS.*)
[[Text: source]]

Yet what this all adds up to, in America anyway, is something that LOOKS SUSPICIOUSLY like the USFL, the last league that tried and failed to take root in the spring, a time when sports fans traditionally (* TURN THEIR ATTENTION *) to baseball, as well as basketball and hockey playoffs.
[[Text: source]]

He was playing Beethoven, (* SINGING THE IDEAS TO HIMSELF *) before an audience sitting mesmerized in wooden pews.
[[Text: source]]

Bankers who make commercial loans are (* VIVIDLY AWARE *) of the threat.
[[Text: source]]

At Vise, Mexico's major beer producer, free trade (* CONJURES UP IMAGES *) of looming U.S. brew titan Anheuser-Busch, whose advertising budget alone exceeds Visa's total annual beer sales.
[[Text: source]]

One response to the dithering at city hall has been (* RESOUNDING APATHY:*) turnout for the April 9 city council elections was a desultory 18 percent.
[[Text: source]]

But Dixon's dangerous tour (* STRENGTHENED HER [Dixon's] RESOLVE.*)
[[Text: source]]

Baker, those who know him say, (* wants *) to keep searching for diplomatic victories-which may be difficult --- before (* TURNING HIS ATTENTION *) to a possible '96 run.
[[Text: source]]

Quayle, according to those who know him well, is an amiable man with little (* TASTE *) for political wrangling or ideological dispute; ...
[[Text: source]]

Even today, many conservatives have a compulsion for ideological saliva-testing, and Quayle has sometimes betrayed an unnerving (* TASTE *) for moderation.
[[Text: source]]
{note discourse coherence with ``saliva-testing''}

So far as outsiders can (* TELL,*) Quayle has spent most of the past two years listening and learning.
[[Text: source]]

Having been raped 13 years ago, (* I FIRMLY BELIEVE *) it is the rape survivor's right to choose whether to be publicly identified.
[[Text: source]]

The reason is the perpetuation of the Middle Kingdom myth, the (* AGE-OLD BELIEF *) that China is superior to other nations.
[[Text: source]]
{Notion of a belief existing independently of individual people.}

Last Tuesday the nation, too, again said clearly that it is comfortable with divided government. That means permanent partisan conflict between two branches of government claiming contradictory mandates. Government rarely works well this way, but today, when representative government is gridlocked, it is, in one sense, succeeding: it is faithfully representing (* THE CONTRADICTION IN THE ELECTORATE'S MIND.*)
[[Text: source]]
{I think the contradiction is between different portions of the electorate, rather than between different ideas within individual people. So, looks like metaphor of PERSON-GROUP-AS-PERSON.}

Carson and those who worked with King suggest he had taken the oral traditions of the black church with him to academia. In "voice merging," (* PREACHERS SYNTHESIZE THE WORDS AND IDEAS *) of those who spoke before them.
[[Text: source]]

"For the first time," says sociologist Tadeusz Szawiel, "they will have to be against someone with whom they are (* EMOTIONALLY TIED.*...)" [NP] Walesa plays most easily on those (...* TIES.*)
[[Text: source]]

He (* ITCHED *) to send ground troops to finish the job.
[[Text: source]]

But whatever form they take, family rituals are a wonderful gift that we give to ourselves: (* A CONSTANT, RENEWING SENSE OF WHO WE ARE.*)
[[Text: source]]

Sometimes it's because adults aren't (* STRAIGHT IN THEIR OWN MINDS *) about what they do believe; ...
[[Text: source]]

Some gifts are so obviously bad-intentioned that the message is hardly hidden at all. As psychotherapist Linda Barbanel points out, "Gifts can convey: `I'm mad as hell at you.' That's tough to say out loud, so the message is delivered instead through a hostile gift."
[[Text: source]]
{NON-MENTAL?}

Dr. Piaget notes that "Some gifts say `I don't think you're worth a lot.' They're so cheap that they're like leaving a one-cent tip for a waitress."
[[Text: source]]
{NON-MENTAL?}

Convictions are mortgages on the mind
[[Text: source]]

Yet when he invited himself for a lengthy visit, (* HER NERVE ENDINGS SPARKED LIKE FRAYED WIRES.*)
[[Text: source]]

... says Pam. "By denying the reality, I could (* PUT MY FEELINGS OF HOPELESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS ON HOLD *) AND not really deal with them."
[[Text: source]]

... children who are mistreated often (* SUPPRESS THEIR CONSCIOUS KNOWLEDGE *) of any damaging actions.
[[Text: source]]

Gifts between spouses deliver potent messages. "Every present has an element of the unconscious in it," says Linda Barbanel, MSW, a New York City psychotherapist. "It could (* SAY *) 'I love you,' or I want you to love me,' but it could also (* ANNOUNCE *) 'Here's what I really think about you.' A good gift should (* SAY *) I'm paying attention- I hear you,'" explains Barbanel. "It should demonstrate that the giver has thought about the receiver." Howard's and Jim's gifts both (* SPOKE ABOUT *) their own desires.
[[Text: source]]






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