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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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. “The Sparks That Fly Upward”

. “The Sparks That Fly Upward”

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(p.109) 5. “The Sparks That Fly Upward”
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The Watchful Clothier
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Matthew Kadane

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300169614.003.0005

This chapter discusses the family life of Ryder, whose house was filled with children, although none were his biologically. Matters grew unusual when Ryder's need to sustain and expand his household led him to marry (Elisabeth Wheelhouse, a woman younger by ten years), for the first and only time, at the late age of 40. In the sense that initially mattered most to him, his marriage failed: he and Elisabeth were never able to have children. It was clearly difficult for Ryder to instill diligence and piety in his family, and no doubt, molding his orphans in his own image was partly his way of trying to overcome his failure to fill the church pews with his own children. But the struggle was compensated for by the spiritual camaraderie he increasingly found in his wife. In this sense, and over time, Ryder's marriage was more successful.

Keywords:   household, Elisabeth Wheelhouse, orphans, children, spiritual camaraderie, marriage

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