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G K Chesterton in his essay A Defense of Rash Vows explains the nature of vows what stimulate people to make a vow what characteristics of a person are responsible for keeping a word and making the vow a truly sane thing 52 The vow is a promise and the man who makes a vow makes an appointment with himself at some distant time or place 49 The rash vow according to Chesterton is a promise that looks to most people unusual extraordinary and ridiculous often not improbable or impossible to incarnate in real life The author shows some examples of rash vows that may seems to be crazy such as to count the leaves on every third tree in Holland Walk to hop up to the City on one leg every Thursday to repeat the whole of Mills Liberty seventy-six time to collect 300 dandelions in fields belonging to anyone of the name of Brown 48 Chesterton argues that such mad oaths train self-discipline decrease the weakness and mutability of human being that th e vow of marriage is the vow of love where free-love term is not acceptable because the nature of love to bind itself and the institution of marriage merely paid the average man the compliment of taking him as his word 51 that the man who made a vow however wild gave a healthy and natural expression to the greatness of a great moment 50
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