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...quietly rich and lovely; on the other, the garden, with tables here and there, far apart enough for privacy. Let me say right here that with all their careful "balance of population" there was no crowding in this country. There was room, space, a sunny breezy freedom everywhere.
Somel set her chin upon her hand, her elbow on the low wall beside her, and looked off over the fair land.
"Of course we have faults--all of us," she said. "In one way you might say thatWe have more than we use.d to--that is, our standard of perfection seems to get farther and farther away. But we are not discouraged, because our records do show gain-- considerable gain.
"When we began--even with the start of one particularly noble mother--we inherited the characteristics of a long race- record behind her. And they cropped out from time to time-- alarmingly. But it is--yes, quite six hundred years since we have had what you call a `criminal.'
"We have, of course, made it our... Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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