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... Really, sir, I have not that happiness.
HARDCASTLE. Come, boy, I'm an old fellow, and know what's what as well as you that are younger. I know what has passed between you; but mum.
MARLOW. Sure, sir, nothing has passed between us but the most profound respect on my side, and the most distant reserve on hers. You don't think, sir, that my impudence has been passed upon all the rest of the family.
HARDCASTLE. Impudence! No, I don't say that--not quite impudence--thoughGirls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.But she has told no tales, I assure you.
MARLOW. I never gave her the slightest cause.
HARDCASTLE. Well, well, I like modesty in its place well enough. But this is over-acting, young gentleman. You may be open. Your father and I will like you all the better for it.
MARLOW. May I die, sir, if I ever----
HARDCASTLE. I tell you, she don't dislike you; and as I'm sure you like her----
MARLOW. Dear sir--I protest, sir----
HARDCASTLE. I see no reason why you should not... Goldsmith, Oliver
amorous, adventurous, advantageous
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