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Dear friends,

For my first blog post, I'd like to elaborate on one of my favorite "novelettes" of all time: The Life and Death of Harriett Frean, written by May Sinclair (for as some of you may know, I've even created a now pseudo-anonymous account in tribute to that work!).

It's been a long time since I've read it, but that book resonated with me, especially because (as we all should do when reading literature) I identified myself with the protagonist of that novella, Harriette "Hatty" Frean, who basically tries throughout her whole child & adult life to "behave beautifully," which ultimately leads to her unsatisfaction with her life.

For me, the goal of life has always been the pursuit of happiness (an American ideal!), and when I stumbled across this gem of a work, I was awe-struck with just how much I could relate to the cautionary tale that Sinclair was portraying through the protagonist: basically, if you try to be a goody-two shoes in life, always trying to do the "right" thing (whatever that may mean or entail), pleasing others before helping yourself -- then, in that case, you will never give to yourself what you need, and that prize of happiness will therefore continue to elude you for as long as you shun your own needs & desires.

There also is another aspect of the book, a theme that I'd like to talk about, but it may be too early for that. But seriously, dear readers, what I'd like to convey is that being MORAL, trying to do the right thing, isn't just black or white. There does exist a grey area that you have to acknowledge & appreciate, an area that isn't based on any scientific algorithm but rather requires that human intuition furnished by years of experience, like a mental echelon so to speak -- being ethical doesn't just happen overnight, where you can say something like, "Oh, so now I have a set of prescriptions, therefore I am the best man or woman that has ever lived"

I'd like to leave you with one final though until next time: to tie it into chess (as I promised! And I am a man of my word!), watch (or refresh yourself with) the following video, and let me know if you think you can figure out the relation between the clip and the novella (which may require you to do some additional research then!)

Until next time