Autograph manuscript, fair copy, of a novel
correct. He is lively, & seems clever, & when I have
inspired him with greater respect for me than his
sister's kind offices have implanted, he may be an
agreeable Flirt. — There is exquisite pleasure in sub:
:duing an insolent spirit, in making a person
pre-determined to dislike, acknowledge one's superi:
:ority. — I have disconcerted him already by my calm
reserve, & it shall be my endeavour to humble the
Pride of these self important De Courcys still low:
:er, to convince Mrs. Vernon that her sisterly cau:
:tions have been bestowed in vain, & to persuade
Reginald that she has scandalously belied me.
This project will serve at least to amuse me, &
prevent my feeling so acutely this dreadful sepa:
:ration from you & all whom I love. Adieu.
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