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[191] and there are always a dozen who wish to unlock the mystery of Hamlet for one who demands positive evidence as to Shakespeare's wedded bliss. But, however we explain it, there is such a tendency of study and criticism toward concentration on single figures, that no nation in the course of centuries can furnish more than two or three; and it is much for any people if it can furnish one. The growing proportions of the Emerson literature leave little doubt who is to provide for America—if, indeed, any one is to supply it—that central and controlling figure.

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