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conceived incident than many a pretentious novel. The morality is

of the highest Christian order, hating the sin so much that it can feel the most compassionate interest for the sinner. The special virtue

of patience in the heroine is admirably pictured, all the more natu- rally because once, and that much to the reader's delight, it gives way. The middle-class characters are perhaps better drawn than these above them in the social scale.