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  1. A mass said for the repose of the living.
  2. Gratitude in the presence of the death of some one else.
  3. The irony of fatality.
  4. The instinctive and perpetual atavism of the Will-to-Live. (Thanksgiving-Day in the United States is a national holiday on which all the people who during the past year have survived earthquake, fire, housemaid's knee and death, overeat and thus thank God for His favoritism.)