It was now recognized that he was to be an author, and he contributed many essays, tales and fantasies to various journals and magazines.
The opinions of scholars, and the fantasies of poets, became an enthusiastic belief in the mind of Columbus.
Proclaimed of age on the 17th of August 1563, he continued to be absorbed in his fantasies and his hunting, and submitted docilely to the authority of his mother.
Having nothing more to do in the way of visible reformation, yet finding in religion no pleasures to supply the place of the juvenile amusements which he had relinquished, he began to apprehend that he lay under some special malediction; and he was tormented by a succession of fantasies which seemed likely to drive him to suicide or to Bedlam.
He lay there, trying to comprehend if the noise were in his mind's fantasies or in the real world of Bird Song.