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[319] We are reminded of a contemporary of hers who, being gently rebuked for giving rich food to a delicate grandchild, replied with lofty scorn, “Stuff and nonsense Teach his stomach!”

November 8.... In late afternoon some visioning, i.e., lying down to rest and asking and answering questions in my mind:--

Question: Can anything exceed the delight of the first mutual understanding of two lovers?

Answer: This has its sacredness and its place, but even better is the large affection which embraces things human and divine, God and man.

Question: Are Saviour and Saints alive now?

Answer: If you believe that God is just, they must be. They gave all for His truth: He owes them immortality.

November 16. Dear Auntie Francis's wedding day. I think it was in 1828. My sisters and I were bridesmaids, my brothers groomsmen. Dear father, very lame, walked up with a cane to give her away. Grandma Cutler looked much discontented with the match. Father sent the pair off in his own carriage, with four horses, their manes and tails braided with white ribbons. They drove part of the way to Philadelphia.”

November 28.... To Wellesley College.... William Butler Yeats lectured on the revival of letters in Ireland. We dined with him afterwards at Miss Hazard's house. He is a man of fiery temperament, with a slight, boyish figure: has deep-set blue eyes and dark hair; reminds me of John O'Sullivan 1 in his temperament; ”

1 Hawthorne's friend of the Democratic Review.

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