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The Watchful Clothier$
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Matthew Kadane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169614

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169614.001.0001

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. “That Single Word Watch”

. “That Single Word Watch”

(p.43) 3. “That Single Word Watch”
The Watchful Clothier

Matthew Kadane

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Ryder's first entry in his diary. It reveals that after using the adjective “watchful” and the noun “watchfulness,” Ryder forcefully ended the first passage with a word he hoped would prefigure the rest of the diary as much as the rest of his life. He wrote: “May the Lord help me to keep in mind that Solemn Warning which Christ Left his Disciples upon record, & Consequently all his followers in that Single Word Watch.” Ryder did not write “the Single Word” but rather “that Single Word.” The chapter argues that to make full sense of his word choice requires imagining an ongoing cultural conversation in which the antecedent for “that” made an appearance and held enough force to be conjured up with such implied shared understanding.

Keywords:   diary, cultural conversation, antecedent, passage

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