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Secretary Lanuza wrote that "because of its unpleasant tone and several foolish impertinencies that it contained," Santander's letter had so "disgusted Brooke," that the military governor "had it translated and sent to Washington.
It seemed wrong, to him, to pray or to hold God responsible: "For specific requests to God are impertinencies I think, and all we should ask from him is to learn to acquiesce.
Transference, Grossman continues, is "the way we think through what we cannot think about, by attaching the emotional import of one set of relations to another set of relations and subtly supplementing their grammar with the impertinencies of rhetoric.