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Section One:

Patterns of Time

"The fear of dying may be universal, but the ways in which that fear was ameliorated in the Early Modern period differed greatly from those current today, and made the approach to dying radically different in many ways."

(Becker, Death and the Early Modern Englishwoman, 2)

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Section Two:

Half Humankind

"Whereas men with personal shortcomings may be eulogized for their political accomplishments or social status, women are typically judged according to their strict compliance to norms of proper behavior."

(Henderson, "The Imperfect Dead," 487)

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