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married a genteel girl without a farthing; and though she makes him an excellent wife, he is universally allowed to have Ruined himself. Before I conclude, I cannot but take notice of the strange sense, in which a friend of mine once heard this word used in company by a girl of the town. The young creature, being all life and spirits, engrossed all the conversation to herself; and herself indeed was the subject of all the conversation but what most surprised him, was the manner, in which she used this word ruined; which occurred frequently in her discourse, though never intended by her to convey the meaning generally affixed to it. It served her sometimes as an æra to determine the date of every occurrence............“ she bought such a gown, just after "she was ruined"..........The first time she saw "Garrick in Ranger, she was in doubt whether it "was before or after she was ruined"....Having occasion to mention a young gentleman, she burst into raptures......" O, he is a dear creature!......He it
was that ruined me.....O, he is a dear soul;....... "He carried me to an inn ten miles from my father's "house in the country, where he ruined me.........If "he had not ruined me, I should have been as mise"rable and as moping as my sisters. But the dear "soul was forced to go abroad upon his travels, and "I was obliged to come upon the town, three weeks ' after I wasruined.....no.............not so much as three "weeks after I was ruined...............yes, it was full "three weeks after I was ruined."
END OF THE THIRD VOLUME.