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Written by JulieW
(5/1/2007 5:26 a.m.)
This book is full of pious and sometimes sanctimonious sentiments copied dilligently by the owner (anonymous, sadly) in her careful handwriting. I have not detected an error at all, and the book runs to 120 pages.
I get the impression she might not be able to say anything original so she had cultivated a very beautiful "hand" to make up for her lack of intellectual liveliness and rigor: rather like poor Mary Bennet who, though she was a young lady of deep reflection who read great books and made extracts:
... wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.
This book is a work of many years- you can detect her handwriting becoming less childlike as the book progresses.
I wonder how may other young ladies had such a book…and how many hours they spent carefully transcribing suitable passages.
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