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    the residue of personality that no change can corrode

    Dear all,

    This phrase appeared in the last sentence of the first paragraph in this book review (please see http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...both-sides-now).

    "But it is basically the same thing: the residue of personality that no change can corrode."

    Does it mean the deep-seated bad personality within our nature?

    So in the reviewer's opinion, Lessing wrote the novel The Sweetest Dream to let people see this unchanged residue in their personalities (like that people tend to use and emotionally abuse other people, people always believe they can remake themselves by catching up with the times, people like to teach perfectibility)? Is this the major theme in this article?

    Could I kindly suggest you to have a look at this article and tell whether my understanding is right or not?

    Thank you very much indeed!

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    Re: the residue of personality that no change can corrode

    "Does it mean the deep-seated bad personality within our nature?"

    No. If you omitted the word "bad" you would be pretty accurate.

    "The residue of personality that no change can corrode" means the fundamental, unalterable core of an individual's personality. There is no reason to suppose that the core is bad.

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