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As Darnton was the first to point out (83-105), Mesmer's theories corresponded nicely -- too nicely, from the viewpoint of the authorities -- with a contemporary Rousseauistic and proto-revolutionary Utopianism that ascribed the moral illnesses of Enlightenment society to the repressive effects (what Freud was later to call, the "discontents") of a class - and convention-bound civilization.
“Homer of the North,” could fulfill Rousseauistic, deistic, and preromantic visions of a pre-Christian society unspoiled by institutions and filled with love, melancholy, and nature.
Lord, “walking in the garden in the cool of the day,” in his own desert oasis, comes to cross-examine them and show them the folly of their abandoning Innocence for Experience, to use Blakean and Rousseauistic terms.