He told me he did not come as ordinary of the place, whose business it is to extort confessions from prisoners, for private ends, or for the further detecting of other offenders; that his business was to move me to such freedom of discourse as might serve to disburthen
my own mind, and furnish him to administer comfort to me as far as was in his power; and assured me, that whatever I said to him should remain with him, and be as much a secret as if it was known only to God and myself; and that he desired to know nothing of me, but as above to qualify him to apply proper advice and assistance to me, and to pray to God for me.
I waited now his return; eager to disburthen
my mind, and to seek of him the solution of the enigma that perplexed me.
tis the merry Nightingale That crowds, and hurries, and precipitates With fast thick warble his delicious notes, As he were fearful that an April night Would be too short for him to utter forth His love-chant, and disburthen
his full soul Of all its music
From early in their relationship Caleb sees that Falkland "seemed to have something of which he wished to disburthen
his mind, but to want words" (8) to express this secret.
After the unnamed fop essays a bit of French, Lucinda treats him and the company to a refrain of the canine (or vaginal) verses, during the reading of which "his Countenance" shows that he, too, is "big with some Adventure, which he long'd to disburthen
himself of the Trouble of keeping secret" (57).