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A Woman's Struggle over Sensibility

A Woman's Struggle over Sensibility

Chapter:
(p.165) Chapter 6 A Woman's Struggle over Sensibility
Source:
Abigail and John Adams
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0007

This chapter, which focuses on Abigail Adams' painful pleasure in her sensibility and her calls on John Adams to show more of it, describes Abigail's refined sensibility and how she described to John a process whereby she unconsciously gave way to overwhelming emotion in the aftermath of her mother's death. It contends that Abigail believed that her freedom of feeling and its expression were superior to John's restraint on the basis of his declared prudence in his public life.

Keywords:   Abigail Adams, sensibility, John Adams, mother's death, freedom of feeling, public life

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