How wonderful, how very wonderful the operations of time, and the changes of the human mind!... If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any of our other intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way-but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.
Fanny Price in Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
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