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Excerpt from "The Birth-mark"

Excerpt from "The Birth-mark"

In his explanation to Georgiana of his ironically named poison, "the Elixir of Immortality," Aylmer's pride powerfully shows itself. The attitude he expresses is one demonstrative of the distance he feels from the commonality of mankind.
"In one sense it is," replied Aylmer, "or rather the Elixir of Immortality. It is the most precious poison that ever was concocted in this world. By its aid, I could apportion the lifetime of any mortal at whom you might point your finger. The strength of the dose would determine whether he were to linger out years, or drop dead in the midst of a breath. No king, on his guarded throne, could keep his life, if I, in my private station, should deem that the welfare of millions justified me in depriving him of it."

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