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|I think maybe "died of a broken heart"
Written by Tracy W
(10/5/2005 6:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Benwick suicide?, penned by Cheryl
The idea that there is a connection between your mind and your body and the health of your mind can affect the health of your body is not confined to modern New Age spiritualists. Quite a few novels written in the 19th century having people falling into a decline and dying of some unspecified illness in a romantic way after losing someone dear to them.
I think I have read studies that show that people who are depressed are more likely to get physical illnesses, or have accidents and the like, but I can't recall any details.
JA postulates a bit more complicated link between the two in S&S - because she is distraught over Willoughby, Marianne goes walking in the wet and doesn't change her stockings and generally does such a poor job of taking care of her health that she catches a fever and nearly dies.
It is a lovely example of friendship.
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