The Mother's Prayers
Despite a religious upbringing, Albert Hamerton was 'a total stranger to the religion of the heart'. Forming a friendship with a young man 'whose sentiments upon religious subjects coincided with Voltaire's', he began to neglect his religious observances. (156) Later, being persuaded to attend church by his cousin, he reflected on the comfort his mother's religion afforded her, and contrasted it with his own 'philosophical doubtings', concluding that hers was the better way (158).
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