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Disguising her intelligence used to be unacceptable to Elizabeth. Compromising her targets to satisfy family members duties, even if, could appear a beneficial sacrifice. Coelebs raised questions that Elizabeth must solution even if she married. may still she recommend her personal genius, or just domesticate expertise in others? may still she go away domestic to pursue her objectives, or remain in the back of together with her impoverished relatives, accepting purely the paintings she might locate shut handy? because it turned undeniable that her university may by no means extend past the handful of neighborhood ladies she had first and foremost attracted, Elizabeth needed to ponder her choices. in addition, she used to be starting to feel that the Lancaster movement could turn out a bankruptcy for her father. The neighborhood had remained “remarkably fit” in the course of the family’s remain, based on Dr. Peabody, with the exception of one ecocnomic outbreak of smallpox in a neighboring city. He now observed that his predecessor’s insistence on secrecy through the sale of the farm and clinical perform have been a ruse: there has been no genuine desire for one more medical professional in Lancaster. diminished to dependence at the meager source of revenue from his pasturelands and from Elizabeth’s tuition, Dr. Peabody made up our minds to change from drugs to dentistry, in these days the final inn of a failed health care provider. but a dental perform might infrequently live to tell the tale in a rural village like Lancaster. Elizabeth must make a decision no matter if to stick to her family members anywhere her father may well take them—most most probably again back to Salem—or to pursue her personal pursuits in a urban like Boston which could help them. those have been questions extra frequently confronted via oldest sons than through daughters within the New England of the 1820s. For Elizabeth, the choice to go away domestic might cross opposed to each conference of daughterly habit she’d noticeable round her as she grew up. all of the women she knew in Lancaster or Salem might remain at domestic until eventually they married. and people who by no means married could proceed to dwell with their mom and dad, taking care of them in previous age. but her relative poverty can have appeared a blessing to her now, whilst her inmost wish was once to additional her schooling, to test as a instructor, after which, might be, to jot down. monetary necessity used to be an outstanding masks for a woman’s ambition or maybe for easy wanderlust. even if Coelebs did not provide Elizabeth an enticing version of marriage, or of a operating existence, it did convey one other tantalizing vision—one that Hannah extra really most likely didn't intend her lady readers to obtain. whilst Charles’s seek takes him to London, he comforts himself with the inspiration that, whether he doesn't locate his loved, he'll definitely enjoy “the ceremonial dinner of cause and the circulate of soul” on hand there, a word borrowed from Samuel Johnson. Ever after, whilst one of many Peabody sisters skilled pleasant highbrow company—and frequently that one used to be Elizabeth—she might use these phrases to explain it. the notice that such feasts awaited her in Boston helped tip the stability as Elizabeth made up her brain approximately even if to stick or cross.