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... humanism in Alessandra's life than in the life prescribed by Alberti. She takes what life has dealt her and maintains a strong bond and position with her sons, albeit with much complaining. Although Alberti describes a life of comfort, Alessandra illustrates a life of reality, and she is accepting of that. While Giannozzo was laying out careful plans, Alessandra was giving Filippo and Lorenzo some advice on making too many plans: "If you plans don't work out you must believe it's all for the best, because if God doesn't give us what we want it's because it wouldn't be good for us...I comfort myself by saying that perhaps it's all for the best, and I've calmed down about it." Conclusively, Alessandra's life did not fit the mold cast by Alberti, yet readers understand that it didn't need to. In real life people function without a guide, and survive every day.
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