The Disturbing Tale Of Edward Mordrake – The Man Said To Have Had Two Faces

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And no wonder. For as it turned out, the poor boy’s duplicate face apparently wasn’t just a banal, genetic fluke. According to legend, it was an entirely mobile and expressive visage; the eyes could be seen to flicker about, and the lips moved as if in silent prayer.

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In and of themselves, those moving eyes and lips could be utterly disturbing to anyone watching. But, with these features apparently located to the rear of Mordrake’s skull, it seems that the man himself couldn’t actually see any of the reported movements of the stranger on his head. Which begs the question: why so troubled, young man?

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The answer, it seems, is far more complex than you might imagine. In addition to the psychological complications of living with an extra face, Mordrake’s reported condition supposedly extended not just to involuntary movement of the duplicate facial features, but also to very deliberate ones.

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