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Every man in the chapel hoped that when his hour came he, too, would be eulogized, which is to say forgiven, and that all of his lapses, greeds, errors, and strayings from the truth would be invested with coherence and looked upon with charity. This was perhaps the last thing human beings could give each other, and it was what they demanded, after all, of the Lord.

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Source Notes: Notes of a Native Son (section 3) (1955). Baldwin here comments on hearing a cleaned-up version of his father's life in a funeral sermon.

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