An Incident That Haunts My Life

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The Seven People Who Shaped My Life
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by Eleanor Roosevelt Look 15 (June 19,1951): 54-56, 58. What you are in life results in great part from the influence exerted on you over the years by just a few people. There have been seven people in my life whose influence on me did much to change my inner development as a person. The first …show more content…

On the other hand, she was scrupulously fair and allowed the British girls to celebrate their victories in South Africa, though she would take the rest of us into her library and talk to us at length on the rights of small nations while the British celebration was going on! I realize now that it was a unique educational experience I was then given the opportunity to enjoy, and it certainly did me no harm to have my horizons so widened. Eleanor 's Society Aunt The next important and stimulating person in my life was Mrs. W. Forbes (Hall) Morgan, the young aunt with whom I lived when I first came home from Europe. Aunt Pussie, as she was known in the family, was a good many years older that I was, and a great belle in New York society, which at that time was small enough to mean a great deal to those who had a place in it. It happened that my family was distinctly a part of what was then called society, not by virtue of having money, but because it had held a place in what might be called the Four Hundred for several generations. People with money were beginning to be important, but

the older families, without having to have money, still held their positions. This young aunt was full of charm and talent. If she had had to earn her living, she probably would have developed this talent into something useful professionally. But since she did not have to, she always remained an amateur. She was much sought after, and she could see little use in having to look

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