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MARRIAGE,

A NOVEL.

“Life consists not of a series of illustrious actions; the greater part of
our time passes in compliance with necessities—in the performance of
daily duties—in the removal of small inconveniencies—in the procurement
of petty pleasures; and we are well or ill at ease, as the main stream of
life glides on smoothly, or is ruffled by small and frequent interruption.’

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“Les douleurs muettes et stupides sont hors d'usage; on pleure, on récite, on répète, on estsi touchée de la mort de son mari, qu'on

n’en oublie pas la moindre circonstance.” La Bouyere,

“PRAY put on your Lennox face this morning, Mary,” said Lady Emily one day to her cousin, “for I want you to go and pay a funereal visit with me to a distant relation, but unhappily a near neighbour of ours, who has lately lost her husband. Lady Juliana and Adelaide ought to go, but they won’t, so you and I must celebrate, as we VOL, III, B

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best can, the obsequies of the Honourable Mr. Sufton” Mary readily assented; and when they were seated in the carriage, her cousin began— “Since I am going to put you in the way of a trap, I think it but fair to warn you of it. All traps are odious things, and Imakeit my business to expose them whereever I find them. I own it chafes my spirit to see even sensible people taken in by the clumsy machinery of such a woman as Lady Matilda Sufton. So here she is in her true colours. Lady Matilda is descended from the ancient and illustrious family of Altamont. To have a fair character is, in her eyes, much more important than to deserve it. She has prepared speeches for every occasion; and she expects they are all to be believed—she has

studied attitudes, and imagines they are, theatre, and from it she looks for the plaudits due to her virtue—for with her, the re. ality and the semblance are synonimous. She has a grave and imposing air which keeps the timid at a distance; and she delivers the most common truths as if they

to pass for impromptu feelings—in short, she is a shew woman—the world is her

were the most profound aphorisms. To degrade herself is her greatest fear; for, to

use her own expression, there is nothing so degrading as associating with our inferiors —that is, our inferiors in rank and wealth —for with her all other gradations are incomprehensible. With the lower orders of society she is totally unacquainted—she knows they are meanly clothed and coarsely fed—consequently they are mean. She is proud, both from nature and principle; for she thinks it is the duty of every wo. man of family to be proud, and that humility is only a virtue in the canaille. Proper pride she calls it, though I rather think it ought to be pride proper, as I imagine it is a distinction that was unknown before the

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