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As to the family, I have never understood how that fits in with the other ideals --or, indeed, why it should be an ideal at all. A group of closely related persons living under one roof; it is a convenience, often a necessity, sometimes a pleasure, sometimes the reverse; but who first exalted it as admirable, an almost religious ideal?

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Dame Rose Macaulay (August 1, 1881 - October 30, 1958), affectionately known as Emilie (her actual first name), was an English novelist. She published thirty-five books, mostly novels but also biography and travel. The novels include Abbots Verney (1906), The Lee Shore (1920), Potterism (1920), Dangerous Ages (1921), Told by an Idiot (1923), And No Man's Wit (1940), and The Towers of Trebizond (1956).

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