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Fellow-feeling

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Fellow-feeling induced a kind of somatosensory mirroring of the suffering of another person, in Adam Smiths description. We have a visceral reaction to the pain of others; we register it in our nerves and empathize with them based on our sense of sharing the same painful feelings in the same body parts. From her vantage point at the beginning of this process of agricultural transformation, and clearly comfortable in the gender-sanctioned role as chicken farmer, Miss Nancy Luce claimed authority both as an interpreter of chicken behavior and as a healer of their ills. Like Nancy Luce and Betty MacDonald, Linda Lords story is intimately shaped by her surroundings. However, rather than rural Marthas Vineyard with its occasional summer visitors or the lush but lonely Olympic Peninsula, Lindas territory is hardscrabble Belfast, Maine.

Keywords: Adam Smith; Betty MacDonald; chicken farming; Fellow-Feeling; Linda Lord; Nancy Luce

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