He did not mention his aunt's inherent educational disadvantages.
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Growing up destitute, separated from her immediate family, isolated from society, she embraced her misery as the will of God.
Her Almanack, at least, can be excused for its opacity because of its original intention as private discourse.
Both the Emerson and the Bliss family forebears came to Massachusetts with the first generation of settlers in the 1630s, and both families' histories deeply involved religious ministry.
She felt that with persistence, consistency, and even just a little extra effort — despite the obstacles in front of her — she can realize anything.
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Though she owned the farm along with her sister Rebecca and brother-in-law Robert Haskins for almost forty years, financial issues demanded that she live there only sporadically.