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Matters of the Head and the Heart

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Overwrought
(adj) extremely tense, nervous or excited; too elaborate or too complex or too decorated. Origin: over + wrought, work => 'to work more than is required' => 'to work up the mind more than is required' The child's mother became overwrought when he told her that he saw 'shapes' at night. "Did this have to happen to my only child only?" She panicked. "What if those ghosts did anything to him?" She immediately ran with him to an ojha who was known for his occult powers. But on her way, she thought of taking the child to her family doctor first. The way she ran into the clinic and the tension on her face made the doctor think that it was an emergency. He couldn't suppress his smile when she told him about her son's affliction. The doctor made her sit outside and talked with the child. Then, he called her and told her that the fearful Shapes that haunted the child by night were nothing but creatures of his own overwrought fancy. Behind his back, everybody laughed at his overwrought politeness and the overwrought sentences he spoke. Just 'ma'am' was not good enough for him; he addressed every woman as 'my dear lady' or 'the light of this evening.' Similarly, every man was 'my honourable sir'. He never asked "May I do this?" but rather "May I have the honour of having your permission to do this?"

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