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- n. Plural form of cataleptic.
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This would account for the fact that places where cataleptics and idiots have died are often haunted by semi and by wholly animal types of phantasms.
One feels cold inside conjuring up the spectacle of a pack of experts who have been called in to be present at a meeting of the War Council or the Cabinet, sitting there mute and inarticulate like cataleptics while the members of the Government taking part in the colloquy embark on some course that is fraught with danger to the State.
Suppose they were in the condition of cataleptics, sensible of what passed around them, but paralyzed to the motionlessness and seeming insensibility of death?
"Do you believe that those enamored cataleptics who worship ladies at a hundred paces 'distance, without daring to speak out, love perfectly?"