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Autobiography and Selected Essays

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Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,746 / 160 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.2
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 2,525 3806

Edited, with introduction and notes by Ada L. F. Snell Associate Professor Of English Mount Holyoke College

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other ways seemed like selfishness and an injustice to the woman to whom he had been for a long time engaged. Miss Heathorn, however, upheld him in his determination to pursue science; and his sister also, he writes, cheered him by her advice and encouragement to persist in the struggle. Something of the man's heroic temper may be gathered from a letter which he wrote to Miss Heathorn when his affairs were darkest. "However painful our separation may be," he says, "the spectacle of a man who had given up the cherished purpose of his life . . . would, before long years were over our heads, be infinitely more painful." He declares that he is hemmed in by all sorts of difficulties. "Nevertheless the path has shown itself a fair one, neither more difficult nor less so than most paths in life in which a man of energy may hope to do much if he believes in himself, and is at peace within." Thus relieved in mind, he makes his decision in spite of adverse fate. "My course of life is taken, I will not leave Lond



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