chapter  VII
Personal Problems
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Simone has described with exceptional depth and intensity those conflicts in which she was torn between the mystical and the social, the supernatural and the human. They were enhanced by the grace which called and enlightened her, the formation of her mind with its habit of attention for all it touched, and finally by her experience which was perhaps unique and gave her an inside knowledge both of the most cultivated intellectual circles and of working-class and revolutionary movements in full effervescence. Yet one might say that such conflicts are not unusual and are a reflection of the age in which we are living.