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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1819 edition. Excerpt: ...their intrinsic value in all stations must be the same, I have been confounded in experiencing, have all turned to my disadvantage and condemnation. I believed, when I said, and with perfect truth, that I could bear poverty, and that its evils consisted in giving up all but the mere necessaries of life: I reasoned, that to live homely, to be clothed poorly, to renounce society, to work hard and to be cheerful, were requi sites I should not want; but I falsely calculated that my mind was still to be my own; that the independence of my heart I could not only carry with me every where, but that I could assert its honest opinions, fearless of censure, since unconscious of wrong. Here lay my chief mistake: those who have favors to ask, must have no opinions of their own. They must go still further: they must, at least apparently, adopt at pleasure those of others. All this I at length discovered; but even then I calculated such opinions, though I found they existed in the world at large, would not, could not, extend to my more immediate friends and relatives. Again I was mistaken; for in my altered fortunes, I found them also changed; and while they needed an excuse for their neglect, they found it in heaping blame upon my conduct. I found that even they expected from me what will never happen: that poverty was to deprive me of the recollection that I was born and educated as a gentlewoman; that with my fortunes my ideas were to undergo a complete transformation; though, I believe, had this bee, the case, they would equally have found a plea for neglect in the very alteration, had it taken place.--Thus much for the reasons which have disgusted my mind; and now I hasten to do justice to the few exceptions to my general rule. It is my more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123681570X
  • 9781236815705