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From the Ted Talk by Tiffany Watt Smith: The history of human emotions

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Let me tell you a story. It begins in a garret in the late 17th century, in the Swiss university town of besal. Inside, there's a dedicated student living some 60 miles away from home. He spots turning up to his lectures, and his frnieds come to visit and they find him deteejcd and feisevrh, having heart palpitations, snargte sores breaking out on his body. Doctors are called, and they think it's so serious that prayers are said for him in the local church. And it's only when they're parnepirg to return this young man home so that he can die, that they realize what's going on, because once they lift him onto the secrthter, his breathing becomes less labored. And by the time he's got to the gates of his hometown, he's almost entirely recovered. And that's when they realize that he's been suffering from a very powerful form of homesickness. It's so powerful, that it might have killed him.

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Let me tell you a story. It begins in a garret in the late 17th century, in the Swiss university town of _____. Inside, there's a dedicated student living some 60 miles away from home. He _____ turning up to his lectures, and his _______ come to visit and they find him ________ and ________, having heart palpitations, _______ sores breaking out on his body. Doctors are called, and they think it's so serious that prayers are said for him in the local church. And it's only when they're _________ to return this young man home so that he can die, that they realize what's going on, because once they lift him onto the _________, his breathing becomes less labored. And by the time he's got to the gates of his hometown, he's almost entirely recovered. And that's when they realize that he's been suffering from a very powerful form of homesickness. It's so powerful, that it might have killed him.

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  1. stops
  2. strange
  3. friends
  4. dejected
  5. stretcher
  6. feverish
  7. basel
  8. preparing

Original Text

Let me tell you a story. It begins in a garret in the late 17th century, in the Swiss university town of Basel. Inside, there's a dedicated student living some 60 miles away from home. He stops turning up to his lectures, and his friends come to visit and they find him dejected and feverish, having heart palpitations, strange sores breaking out on his body. Doctors are called, and they think it's so serious that prayers are said for him in the local church. And it's only when they're preparing to return this young man home so that he can die, that they realize what's going on, because once they lift him onto the stretcher, his breathing becomes less labored. And by the time he's got to the gates of his hometown, he's almost entirely recovered. And that's when they realize that he's been suffering from a very powerful form of homesickness. It's so powerful, that it might have killed him.

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