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Kincaid This savage child usually appears in the modified form of the moderately naughty child, often in trouble but never malicious, never anything other than the regal and loveable barbarian. The rebellious heroines of Charlotte Bronte tap into this mythology, as do a host of presumably boy heroes, from the penny dreadfuls to Kipling's Stalky. The American version is best known through Alcott's little women, Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, and Peck's Bad Boy. Modern versions are legion, from the Little Rascals and Little Iodine through the Katzenjammer Kids, Dennis the Menace, the Brady Bunch, and the nearly sadistic home-alone Macaulay Culkin.
S) Children are victims of incest and parental rape at such a rate that most of us can, by way of recovered memory therapy, find our way back to such scenes of sexual molestation and explain the difficulties we have had in life as resulting from that wrong done to us as children. Why would we listen even for a minute to such narrow, mean-spirited, unlikely stories? Here is the foundation for the argument- there were two enormously important inventions in the nineteenth century, more important even than the telephone and the zipper- the child and sexuality.
33). Thought itself is a kind of haunting by 'long-buried thoughts [which] ... 55). 66). They are a collection of semi-ghostly semi-mourners whom Humphrey describes as alchemists who would extract the essence of perpetual youth from dust and ashes ... Spirits of past times, creatures of imaginations and people of today, are alike the objects of our seeking, and ... we can ensure their coming at our command. ('Master Humphrey. From his Clockside in the Chimney-Corner', p. 34) Narration is here conjuration, and one in which the boundaries between haunting and being haunted, and between the creatures of imagination and the people of today are by no means stable or secure ones.