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What did Day hope to con­vey when us­ing phrases such as ‘‘Maw­son’s strict ra­tioning was starv­ing them to death’’ to de­scribe the ra­tio­nal tac­tic of ek­ing out avail­able re­sources to give them as many chances as pos­si­ble? Why is it ‘‘clear the tragedy that be­fell Nin­nis and Mertz, and which nearly took Maw­son’s own life, was largely the re­sult of his am­bi­tion and rel­a­tive in­ex­pe­ri­ence’’?

To me, Day’s ar­ti­cle is redo­lent of an in­ten­tion to di­min­ish Maw­son rather than to clar­ify.

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