Explain the quote: "Every spirit passing through the world fingers the tangible and mars the mutable."

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The quote refers to the question of what it means to live life fully. In Housekeeping, the eccentric aunt is a character who lives unconventionally and has a hard time conforming to what the community expects of her. As her nieces grow older, one of them realizes that life with her aunt is making all of them into outcasts, and she makes a plan to leave the house. The general meaning of the phrase 'every spirit passing through the world' means hat every human as an opportunity to live life differently and strike out from the ordinary paths most people follow in terms of getting jobs, settling down, marrying and having children, etc. The notion that most spirits have 'come to look and not to buy' may imply that most people cannot commit to being truly unconventional and that such a path requires a strength of character and, perhaps, a form of discipline most people don't possess.

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