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Too much is lost in Rorty's interpretations to assign it all to his benightedness.
However, Glasgow, exaggerating the benightedness of the Virginia farmers she claims to represent, sets the stage for her iconoclastic "loan of Arc" of the Virginia Piedmont to carry forward her modernizing mission (464-65).
Name calling, such as using the word ``goons,'' is the height of childishness and benightedness.
There is silence in his writings (as presented here) on the evils of European colonialism, and he even goes so far as to blame the existence of African slavery on "the weakness, the benightedness, and the degradation" of the Africans themselves ("Address to the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society," 1851, p.