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Written by Line
(1/24/2006 8:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The crowd at the scene of the 'happening'., penned by Reeba
I was struck by the word "miracle" too. I wonder if the meaning of the word has changed since Walpole's time. In our day, a miracle is always supposed to be a positive thing, but maybe in his time it just meant an extraordinary and perhaps supernatural happening? Same thing with the changing meaning of the word "vulgur", as you pointed out.
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