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  • n  the quality of being past

  • Its basic emotion, a ruminative sadness welling from the pastness of the past, is established in the opening hunting and fishing scenes in virginal upper Michigan lake country.
  • Illusion is everything, self-deception is indispensable, and Peterman works behind a scrim of pastness, sometimes hilarious but curiously sweet nonetheless.
  • When the process of association fills the initial intuition with the pastness of dead data-stuff the impact of this intuition is reduced to that of general experience.

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