The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1866
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,229 / 267 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47.4
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 597
Added to site: 2008.05.02
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Periodical
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it, not merely to remember and obey a rule. The reason and the moral nature should be enlisted in support of the law. The theory of American mental and moral education is, Minimum, of formal law and brute force, maximum of intelligent self-control and kindly adaptation. Mere codes of rules, whether at home or at school, set the children at work, with all their sharp, unregenerate little wits, to pick flaws, draw distinctions, and quibble on interpretations. They become abominably shrewd in a degrading, casuistical strict-constructionism. In spite of everything, the little, cunning, irresponsible, non-moral beings will be successfully appealing to the letter of the law against the spirit, and warping and drying up all their tenderness of conscience, all their capability of broad and generous applications of right and noble principle.

I disliked fat meat and fat people. I used to like to be with the hired girls in the kitchen. I was entirely untouched by the often-repeated expositions made to me of the

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