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- Besides, how should Mr. Stelling be expected to know that education was a delicate and difficult business, any more than an animal endowed with a power of boring a hole through a rock should be expected to have wide views of excavation?2.4 -- Book 2 Chapter 4 -- "The Young Idea" (21% in)
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