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Between The Scenes
PROGRESS OF THE STORY THROUGH THE POST.
I.
Extract from the Advertising Columns of "The Times."
"AN UNKNOWN FRIEND is requested to mention (by advertisement) an address
at which a letter can reach him. The receipt of the information which he offers will
be acknowledged by a reward of Five Pounds."
II.
From Captain Wragge to Magdalen.
"Birmingham, July 2d, 1847.
"MY DEAR GIRL -- The box containing the articles of costumes which you took
away by mistake has come safely to hand. Consider it under my special
protection until I hear from you again.
"I embrace this opportunity to assure you once more of my unalterable fidelity to
your interests. Without attempting to intrude myself into your confidence, may I
inquire whether Mr. Noel Vanstone has consented to do you justice? I greatly
fear he has declined -- in which case I can lay my hand on my heart, and
solemnly declare that his meanness revolts me. Why do I feel a foreboding that
you have appealed to him in vain? Why do I find myself viewing this fellow in the
light of a noxious insect? We are total strangers to each other; I have no sort of
knowledge of him, except the knowledge I picked up in making your inquiries.
Has my intense sympathy with your interests made my perceptions prophetic?
or, to put it fancifully, is there really such a thing as a former state of existence?
and has Mr. Noel Vanstone mortally insulted me -- say, in some other planet?
 
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