By the indulgence of a simple and harmless propensity,--of a propensity which can inflict an injury upon no person or thing except the coat and the person of him who indulges in it,--of a custom honored and observed in almost all the nations of the world,--of a custom which, far from leading a man into any wickedness or dissipation to which youth is subject, but, on the contrary, begets only benevolent silence, and thoughtful good-humored observation--I found at the age of twenty all my prospects in life destroyed.
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Source Notes: Fitz-Boodle's Confessions; published originally in Fraser's Magazine (1841). The speaker complains that women have a distaste for cigarettes and smoke and that he had a run-in with someone insulted by his indulgence.
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