Read the passage. [Franklin wants his descendants to know about their ancestor. His list of virtues is important to him. In fact, he says he owes the constant happiness in his life to it. He is now seventy-nine years old. He owes his good health to Temperance. He owes his fortune to Industry and Frugality. To Sincerity and Justice, he owes the confidence his country has in him.] . . . and to the joint influence of the whole mass of the virtues, even in the imperfect state he was able to acquire them, all that evenness of temper, and that cheerfulness in conversation, which makes his company still sought for, and agreeable even to his younger acquaintance. I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may follow the example and reap the benefit. At the end of The Autobiography, what consolation does Benjamin Franklin offer himself when he realizes that he will never be perfect?

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  • At the end of The Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin realized that he will never be perfect. He wrote that a benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance. He also realized that though he will never be perfect, he became happier as he lived his live according to his virtues and that is what he wanted for his descendants to have -- to live a virtuous and happy life.

  • He realizes the effort made him a better and happier man.

    That is the answer.