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As Poe establishes the possible reasons for Toby Dammit's character defects in the beginning of the poem, he also describes Mr. Dammit's physical stature as small. These describing remarks are followed by a couple transition statements, which to me seem extremely ambiguous. What do you think Poe meant when he said, "I am always displeased by circumstances for which I cannot account. Mysteries force a man to think, and so injure his health"?
-- Anonymous, January 31, 2000
"I am always displeased with circumstances for which I cannot account. Mysteries force a man to think and so injure his heath." I think that he is referring to the fact that there is nothing you can do in some instances and it is then when you want most to change them. I think that when he says, "Mysteries force a man to think and so injure his heath" he is talking about the situations in which a man wants more than anything to figure something out it forces him to think in ways that perhaps he has never though before. People are only human and it seems to me that they are the most accident prone when they are thinking freely "and so injure his health".
-- Anonymous, March 07, 2000