Nation: The Durable Matriarch

Throughout the Kennedy saga of success and tragedy, Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the family, has endured with an equanimity that has amazed outsiders and inspired her children. Last week, in the only interview she has given since the latest travail began, she told TIME Correspondent Hays Gorey of her beliefs and expectations.

THIS is a good life," Rose Kennedy begins. "God does not send us a cross any heavier than we can bear." With the reputation of her only surviving son tarnished, with his presidential potential dimmed if not extinguished, Mrs. Kennedy weighs the...

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