Much attention is paid to our economic deficit, but whilst that diverts our attention, the debt to nature
is building up, and that deficit will soon be unpayable.
'Payback time' is the theme of her fifth and final chapter where she directs our attention to a discussion of our 'debt to nature
St Cuthbert's Church in Edinburgh has a tombstone inscription that says it all: Death is debt to Nature
due which I have paid and so must you.
Petrino presents the surprising--and convincing--observation that Dickinson's tendency to write from beyond the grave was not iconoclastic but rather was influenced by epitaphs found on tombstones, such as "Death is a debt to nature
due / Which I have paid and so must you" (108).
Since she whome I lovd, hath payed her last debt To nature
, and to hers, and my good is dead, And her soule early into heaven ravished, Wholy in heavenly things my mind is sett.