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|What gets me about this passage...
Written by Line
(10/17/2005 5:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The times they are changing, penned by Robbin
...is the narrator's (or JA's) conclusion that "elasticity of mind" is "from nature alone". If this were one of the usual moralizing 19th-century tracts, the conclusion would be that this quality, like all other character traits, was a matter of will-power, and that the sufferer could develop it if only s/he tried hard enough. Instead, JA evidently concluded that admirable as this virtue was, you either had it or you didn't, and presumably you shouldn't beat yourself up if you didn't.
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