from Judith Thurman's An Unfinished Woman
There are 217 Margarets in my family, and not one of them goes by Margaret. This is the only name I know that is given, along with but thou shall be called Clementine.
Of the Margarets I know, the variations of non-Margaret thou shall be called names are all unique.
No two non-Margaret names the same.
This is probably due to something that Liz Lemon touched upon, in her despising of St. Paddy's Day, as she wears orange and pranks the parade revelers.
There can never be too many Margarets.
This particular Margaret, I had never heard of until listening to Cheever's biography of Louisa May Alcott.
This Margaret went by Margaret.
Cheever, in her biography of Alcott, writes about The Conversations. The Conversations were a thing (official title that) back in the 1800's that were held by folks who had a lot of ideas and energy but couldn't hold a teaching job and were too antsy to write very much for very long. Louisa May Alcott's father became king of these: The Conversations. Because he was kicked out of every school he opened. And because Emerson eventually stopped financially supporting him.
To hold a Conversation was to hold a chat about something on which you had a lot of thoughts/ideas/opinions.
It was The Internet, in 1840.
The Conversations spurred other conversations. (aka The Comments section).
Some folks who held Conversations were paid to do this for a living.
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(This post is brought to you by Barry's Tea, though they are not paying me to write about them. I should look into this.)
Back to Margaret, aka Margaret.
She is next up on my reading list.
Here are some Fuller quotes:
Two persons love in one another the future good which they aid one another to unfold.
Her selfie (hand drawn due to limiting circumstances.):