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..."that it seems now, looking back, such a dreadful waste."
"Only in appearance, not in reality," said Hester. "It looks like a waste of life, that mowing down of our best years by a relentless passion which itself falls dead on the top of them. But it is not so. Every year I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence which will risk nothing, and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well.No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime Let out all the length of all the reins.'"
"You mean it did me good," said Rachel, "and that _he_ was a kind of benefactor in disguise. I dare say you are right, but you see I don't take a burning interest in my own character. I don't find my mental stand-point--isn't that what Mrs. Loftus calls it?--very engrossing."
"He was a benefactor, all the same," said Hester, with decision. "I did not think so at the time, and if I could have driven over him in an omnibus I would have done so with pleasure. But I believe that the... Cholmondeley, Mary
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