Emulous

Tracy tried to hide her competitive streak, but it was hard having a sister like Rebecca, who seemed to excel without trying, without meaning to, who seemed unable to resist the urge to be self-sacrificing and right and good. In the morning Tracy could be seen trotting behind Rebecca, eagerly trying to anticipate her older sister’s movements, more emulous than purely generous, more an extension of her ambivalent older-sibling-worship than an expression of her own desire to engender goodness in the world.

 

 

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