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Unformatted text preview: But because nobody can prove absolutely that the improvement was devised by Franklin instead of a grandson, the more difficult version is usually printed. The only warranted conclusion about his style one can draw from such sentences, however, is that Franklin, like all other writers, lapsed into awkward constructions occasionally as he wrote his first draft. Even the most caviling critics have been forced to the grudging admission that Franklin's prose usually stands up remarkably well when compared to that of his peers, and exceptions noted that it is remarkably smooth, dear, and short. Franklin's personal history is like Shakespeare's histories of England true in some aesthetic sense more often than factually accurate. But, though Franklin's facts are inexact as often as not, we tend to trust his accounts because of another important stylistic characteristic: his objective tone. His to trust his accounts because of another important stylistic characteristic: his objective tone....
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- Fall '09