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same house the affections of two men, who were neither
of them at liberty to bestow them — & all this, without
the charm of youth. I am glad to find Miss
Vernon does not come with her Mother to Churchhill, as
she has not even manners to recommend her, & accord:
:ing to Mr. Smith's account, is equally dull & proud.
Where Pride & Stupidity unite, there can be no dissi:
:mulation worthy notice, & Miss Vernon shall be con:
:signed to unrelenting contempt; but by all that I can :
gather, Lady Susan possesses a degree of captivating
Deceit which it must be pleasing to witness & detect.
I shall be with you very soon, & am your affec. Brother
R. De Courcy. —
Lady Susan to Mrs. Johnson
I received your note my dear Alicia, just
before I left Town, & rejoice to be assured that Mr.
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