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Sussex Tragedies and Romances. 225
that she expired; his death having taken place the day she was buried, and he himself being buried the very day they were to have been married. They are interred, side by side, in the churchyard of this parish, at the east end of the chancel. As the name of Atkinson occurs frequently in the registers about this time, the broken-hearted-swain in this case was probably a native of Maresfield, as well as the lady to whom he was so devotedly attached."
We think it is Dr. Johnson who doubts if such a thing as a broken heart is to be found within the range of patho­logical science. But, if the above facts be true—and there is every reason to receive them as such—the strong sympathy between two human beings which we call love has been the cause of death, and it little matters in what region of the body the cause of dissolution lay. In figurative speech, if not in actual fact, James Atkinson died of a broken heart.
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