By William Shakespeare

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This is important because Marx explicitly sees the ideological difference between the two meanings as crucial to his materialism, ‘‘spirit’’ being an abstract, Platonic ideal unencumbered by material embodiment, and the ‘‘ghost’’ being a liminal pseudo body and spirit that haunts a real embodied entity. ’’35 Essentially, when Marx proclaims that ‘‘the spectre of communism’’ haunts Europe, he seems to imagine the supernatural mutual haunting of Communism and capitalism on a spectacularly global scale.

In a similar vein, banking crises had come to be viewed as ‘‘fevers’’ necessarily recycling through the period at ten-year intervals that brought madness and, ostensibly, eventual catharsis and stability. Clearly, sexual panic and economic consolidation underwrite the letters between the lovers. 27 Bagehot’s inappropriate joke would probably not have done much to erase his fiance´e’s psychological anxiety nor the virgin’s subliminal concerns about the precipitate sexual duties of marriage. Implicitly referring to those sexual duties, Eliza calls the planning of the wedding ‘‘a dreadful ordeal’’ and worries about backing out at the last minute.

However, we do know that Gothic fiction, as well as its simulacrum, the sensation novel, was filled with terrors about feminine madness and the possibility that it might be inherited. Certainly, by the Victorian period, the Gothic commonly considered every woman (mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters) as a potential madwoman in the attic. Bagehot’s own mother’s insanity and his future wife’s intimations of mental and physical instability are at least partially informed by this Victorian construction of the feminine.

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