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OF

H UM AN

L I F E.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

« TREMAINE” AND “ DE VERE.”

“ I can truly say, that of all the papers I have blotted, which have been a
good deal in my time, I have never written any thing for the public without
the intention of some public good. Whether I have succeeded or not, is not
my part to judge."-SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

FIELDING; OR, SOCIETY.

LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN,

13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET

MDCCCXXXVII,

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FI ELDING;

OR,

SOCIETY.

PART I.

MOTIVES.

I was born in one of the British Isles, of a family sufficiently high to enable me to be an aristocrat if I had pleased, but not so high as to keep me at a distance from those lower ranks in which as much, if not more, of what may be called nature is exhibited. Vastly convenient this, for one of the turn I at last took, of being an observer of men and things, without belonging to any particular order.

Some people are remarkable for having every sense but common sense. I had nothing else : if I had that (which I much doubt): I was not accomplished; and, though expensively educated, had little learning. But from childhood I was very observant; and my spirit of investigation sometimes cost me dear ; as my aunt Penelope

VOL. II.

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