His wild and enthusiastic imagination was chastened by the sensibility of his heart.

t k

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Korean - Korea
He was a being formed in the "very poetry of nature." His wild and enthusiastic imagination was chastened by the sensibility of his heart. His soul overflowed with ardent affections, and his friendship was of that devoted and wondrous nature that the world-minded teach us to look for only in the imagination. (from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "His wild and enthusiastic imagination was chastened by the sensibility of his heart.". Thanks. --- tk
 
  • Thomas Tompion

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    English - England
    I think it means that his wildest initiatives were restrained by his delicacy. He wanted to be extremely enthusiastic about things, but he realised that this might be offensive to some people, so he didn't indulge his enthusiasms.
     
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