Long illness is the real vampyrism; think of living a year or two after one is dead, by sucking the lifeblood out of a frail young creature at one's bedside! Well, souls grow white, as well as cheeks, in these holy duties; one that goes in a nurse may come out an angel.
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Source Notes: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (chapter 9) (1858). Holmes paints a grim picture of the caregiver's role.
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