I imbibed commiseration, remorse, and an unmanly gentleness of mind, which has since ensnared me into ten thousand calamities; and from whence I can reap no advantage, except it be, that, in such a humour as I am now in, I can the better indulge myself in the softnesses of humanity, and enjoy that sweet anxiety which arises from the memory of past afflictions.
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Source Notes: "An Hour or Two Sacred to Sorrow," in The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present, ed. Phillip Lopate (1994). Steele describes the effects of losing his father at the age of 5 and growing up around a mournful mother.
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