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10 In a related tale, Crafts reenforces the notion of the men of the outside business world as possibly being poisoned by its influences: ''A GENTLEMAN who was unusually well pleased with a sermon remarked that he was carried right to the gates of heaven by it," recounts Crafts. "His precocious six-year-old son upon hearing him say this, exclaimed, 'Why didn't you dodge in father? '"11 This situationheaven versus the shopwas a problem for Victorians who were worried that their concern with material prosperity was at odds with their Christian ideals.
Together, they consider American gravemarkers on a temporal scale ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries and encompassing the geographical breadth of the continent. Ellen Snyder's analysis of the symbolic functions of Victorian children's gravemarkers concerns a period when the memorials erected for children first began to assume their own distinctive forms in America. ) More importantly, it demonstrates the manner in which these forms mirrored the unique vision of childhood embodied within Victorian cultural mores.
34 Such objects reenforced the child's connection with its former environment. But they also had the ability to evoke certain highly sentimental connotations. "The most trifling objects become endeared to us by tender associations," states The Loved and the Lost,a cemetery guidebook of the period. "Nothing is too little to yield us some sweet portion of condolence. Again and again we hang over a book, a toy, a simple article of dress or ornament of the dear departed. "35 Such items are a part of the Adsit marker in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemeterya small chair draped with the jacket of a deceased child whose empty shoes lie upon the seat (fig.