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Now I see that one of its uses lay in preserving a few drops of an old vintage too rare to be savoured by a youthful palate; and I should like to atone for my unappreciativeness by trying to revive that faint fragrance" (1990a, 780).The innate inquisitiveness that had enabled her to break out of the narrow orbit of her parents' world becomes a sin for which she must now "atone." Curiosity, Wharton argues in Burkean fashion, must be hemmed in and shown its proper place.
Through descriptions of the internal audience, Maturin's readers are accused of lack of discernment, inattentiveness, unappreciativeness.