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|Mrs. Smith's elasticity of mind
Written by Line
(10/26/2008 9:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The choicest gift of Heaven, penned by Robbin
This passage struck me too, but the Omniscient Narrator tells us that Mrs. Smith's "elasticity of mind" is "from nature alone", apparently not a matter of will-power or "right thinking" on Mrs. Smith's part. The ON greatly admires this quality but doesn't feel that other people can imitate it if they don't already have it. It's a very un-Victorian attitude, actually, which is why it struck me. Twenty-odd years later, the attitude would be that you should be able to develop *any* virtue if only you tried hard enough!
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