(or Father) Chillingworth has neither absolution nor cure in mind, and the guilt-ridden minister, preternaturally sensitive as he is, intuits as much and refuses to unbosom
. Noting, as a therapist might, that bodily infirmities are but "symptom[s] of some ailment" in the mind (114), Chillingworth encourages his patient to tell all only in order to torture him.
While Lu's point that he would rather "let the empirical evidence unbosom
itself" than "elaborate on a purely conceptual discussion" (p.
Baillie never explicitly foregrounds the closet as a site of theoretical speculation; rather, like other "lonely haunts," "chambers," or even the "lonely desert," it signifies an imaginary zone of concealment and absolute privacy where powerful passions "cannot unbosom
themselves even to the dearest friend." According to Baillie, in the name of "sympathetic curiosity" we all want to know what people are thinking and feeling in these most isolated zones, and her series of plays is designed to be morally uplifting by satisfying this desire to witness "those passions which conceal themselves from the observation of men." The closet is thus only one of a number of metaphors implying the possibility of experiencing "sympathetic curiosity" by witnessing people in the most trying situations.
Like its simpler predecessor, Clarissa investigates the idea that the self may be disclosed, minutely and in all its secret impulses, in the cumulative increments of epistolary exchange; and just as the novel's correspondents progressively unbosom
themselves over time to their fictional addresses, so Richardson now mimicked the effect for his readers by spreading publication over a matching period.
The gentle neighbourhood of grove and spring Would soon unbosom
all their echoes mild, And I (for grief is easily beguiled) Might think the infection of my sorrows loud, Had got a race of mourners on some pregnant cloud.
Not long ago a decidedly unelated Joe called to unbosom
himself of a growing unease over President Bush's new multilateralism.
"A true friend unbosoms
freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably," - William Penn, entrepreneur
During the recent convention of representatives from Harvard, Yale, and other colleges to consider the subject of athletics, one of the speakers unbosomed
himself thus: Athletics have come to the pass where they are no longer fair and open trials of strength and skill, but on the contrary, as at present conducted, they train the young men to look upon victory as the rewards of treachery and deceit.