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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 Making of a Middle-Class Mind

. The Making of a Middle-Class Mind

(p.183) 8. The Making of a Middle-Class Mind
The Watchful Clothier

Matthew Kadane

Yale University Press

In this chapter the author discusses how Ryder found his middle way in the various forms of the middling sort. The chapter states about Ryder that he had no siblings and lived in a childless marriage until forty years, held to a fading religion while newer faiths were thriving, and knew an urban life not in London but in Leeds. Anomalously, his self-account diary is of exceptional length, even in a religious culture obsessed with the word, yet Ryder never encouraged these things which set him apart from others. The chapter reveals that Ryder wished he had known his father, much as he wanted to be one himself. He longed for siblings and pined for a wife years before he found one.

Keywords:   middle way, siblings, religious culture, marriage, metaphor, traveling salesman

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