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day dreams

The customary term for such a faculty in literature of the Romantic period is imagination. Yet, the connotations of Walton's diction do not aspire to such a level of import, a "day dream" implying something less substantial than a reverie, which itself signifies a mental state much less imposing than a vision. This implicit deflation of the power or value of the imagination will become a thematic undertone in the novel.