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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 2, Chapter 4 The Man of Two Minds, Section 6 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 2, Chapter 4 The Man of Two Minds, Section 6 Summary

Henry Sr. viewed education as he did everything, with a distrust of institutions. Therefore, he continually moved his family around Europe and northeastern America. Many of the moves can be attributed to William's urges to learn something new; however, William always felt that he was at a disadvantage because he had no true and formal education.

Henry Jr. took the moving in stride and although often embarrassed was also grateful that he had been allowed to follow his passions regarding his education.

Wilky and Bob did not feel that they were worthwhile. They believed themselves to be inferior to William and Henry Jr. and therefore, did not take much of their education.

Alice, the only daughter, was not allowed to have any education, because Henry Sr. believed it was...

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