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    Taint of personality


    Can anybody explain to me what author means by the bold text?

    "You who listen to me are in a better position to judge about the French Revolution than I am. Your descendants will be even in a better position than you, for they will learn what you think I think, and yet another intermediate will be added to the chain. And in time"—his voice rose—"there will come a generation that had got beyond facts, beyond impressions, a generation absolutely colourless, a generation seraphically free From taint of personality, which will see the French Revolution not as it happened, nor as they would like it to have happened, but as it would have happened, had it taken place in the days of the Machine."

    The Machine Stops by E.M.Foster, 1909


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    Re: Taint of personality

    He is suggesting that eventually there will be a generation devoid of human emotion and personality that can reflect upon the past with logic only.

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