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A talent for receiving gifts is far, far more rare than a talent for giving them--one concedes so much more, in the act of reception, whereas to be in the position of the giver is to retain all the psychic appurtenances of power, patronage, and control.

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Source Notes: The Debt to Pleasure (section "Spring," subsection "Roast Lamb") (1996).

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