So that to read the quotations from top to bottom, column by column, was rather like walking through an emergency station set up in a flood area, where, for example, Pascal had been unribaldly bedded down with Emily Dickinson, and where, so to speak, Baudelaire’s and Thomas a Kempis’s toothbrushes were hanging side by side.
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Emily Dickinson spent a year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, but returned home due to homesickness. She seldom left her home. Later in life, she seldom left her room.
An Emily Dickinson poem, "If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking," which Amanda read aloud at the lectern, after first welcoming everybody and thanking them for coming.