In "Berenice" by Edgar Allan Poe, is Berenice really dead, or is she alive? Is she in a state like a zombie?

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The narrator describes a "disease" which fell upon Berenice. He says that the disease caused "a spirit of change" to sweep over her, and that this "spirit" pervaded "her mind, her habits, and her character." He also says that the disease "came and went," implying that it did not kill her. This impression is compounded when the narrator says that after the disease went, he "knew her [Berenice] not—or no longer as Berenice." Thus it seems that while the disease did not kill Berenice, it did transform her into a different person, a person that would not have been recognized as the lively Berenice who existed before the disease.

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