Thursday, February 07, 2008

Conclusive evidence

So one of my students turned in an assignment where his job was to analyze a primary source, in this case a letter from a woman in Renaissance Florence to her son. My student concluded from the letter that the woman's son was gay.

What evidence did he use to support this? That the mother at one point in the letter expressed disappointment to her son for “having caused her grief” in the past.

Boy, I think there may be a lot more going on there than I know what to do with.

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