Well, here be another draft, hopefully the second to last (I will have to make another pass at it before I present the paper to the Department and then, after that, one more to address any further concerns). This one is, in some ways, drastically different from the previous version. It is more explanatory, has a revised conclusion and is a lot cleaner, structurally (or so I think). Gander if you wish.
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