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By Jean Hanff Korelitz

"Admissions. Admission. Aren't there aspects to the be aware? And opposing sides...It's what we permit in, yet it's additionally what we allow out."

For years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has shunned the earlier, hiding in the back of her busy (and occasionally punishing) occupation as a Princeton Universityadmissions officer and her in charge household existence. Her reluctance to confront if truth be told all at once beaten through the resurfacing of a life-altering choice, and Portia is confronted with a rare try out. simply as hundreds of thousands of the nation's brightest scholars look forward to her choice concerning their educational admission, so too needs to Portia make a decision even if to make her personal final admission.

Admission is without delay a desirable examine the complicated collage admissions method and an emotional exam of what occurs whilst the secrets and techniques of the previous go back and shake a woman's existence to its middle.

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First, it provides a concrete example of polite language being used to create a neutral space in which 22 Politeness and Politics in Cicero’s Letters potentially awkward business can be discussed. In this case, the discussions quickly degenerated into a slanging match; but the initial language of courtesy opened up at least the possibility of a diplomatic resolution of their antagonisms. Politeness contributes here to the process of political negotiation. Second, it is likely that many other encounters between powerful men adopted the same formal tenor that we see in the initial courteous language of this example.

Instead, with a breathtaking lack of tact, he declares that his only reason for calling is the hope of seeing Atticus. Cicero, he implies, is scarcely worth his attention. 90 It may well be a mistake, then, to view the polite conventions that appear in aristocratic letters as solely the product of a highly organized literary education. Much probably derives, too, from the realities of face-to-face aristocratic interaction. 91 Cicero himself would have acquired a familiarity with these manners while studying civil law as a young man with the Mucii Scaevolae, and by observing his political mentor, Licinius Crassus (cos.

6; SB 172): illum maiores mihi gratias agere quam vellem. ”) It is clear that Cicero in fact has still not decided which course to follow. His staying in Italy is thus more a matter of hesitant passivity than a show of support for Caesar. 33 He thus slyly tries to ensnare Cicero in a mutual exchange of favors, at the very time when the orator is trying to wriggle free of such obligations. Politeness is cunningly employed here for manipulative political ends. ) Not surprisingly, expressions of thanks were an important social obligation in daily face-to-face encounters as well as in letters.

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