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Tales and Novels, vol 7

Patronage

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Author: Maria Edgeworth
Published: 1815
Language: English
Wordcount: 191,875 / 559 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,215
mnybks.net#: 2462
Origin: gutenberg.org
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le state, could scarcely believe him to be the same person.

A Frenchman, it will be allowed, can contrive to say more, and to tell more of his private history in a given time, than could be accomplished by a person of any other nation. In the few minutes before dinner he found means to inform the company, that he was private secretary and favourite of the minister of a certain German court. To account for his having taken his passage in a Dutch merchant vessel, and for his appearing without a suitable suite, he whispered that he had been instructed to preserve a strict incognito, from which, indeed, nothing but the horrors of the preceding night could have drawn him.

Dinner was served, and at dinner M. de Tourville was seen, according to the polished forms of society, humbling himself in all the hypocrisy of politeness; with ascetic good-breeding, preferring every creature's ease and convenience to his own, practising a continual system of self-denial, such as almost implied a total annihilation

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