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The Story Of Mr. Booth Continued. In This Chapter The Reader Will Perceive A
Glimpse Of The Character Of A Very Good Divine, With Some Matters Of A Very
Tender Kind.
"The doctor conducted me into his study, and I then, desiring me to sit down,
began, as near as I can remember, in these words, or at least to this purpose:
"'You cannot imagine, young gentleman, that your love for Miss Emily is any
secret in this place; I have known it some time, and have been, I assure you,
very much your enemy in this affair.'
"I answered, that I was very much obliged to him.
"'Why, so you are,' replied he; 'and so, perhaps, you will think yourself when you
know all.--I went about a fortnight ago to Mrs. Harris, to acquaint her with my
apprehensions on her daughter's account; for, though the matter was much
talked of, I thought it might possibly not have reached her ears. I will be very
plain with you. I advised her to take all possible care of the young lady, and even
to send her to some place, where she might be effectually kept out of your reach
while you remained in the town.'
"And do you think, sir, said I, that this was acting a kind part by me? or do you
expect that I should thank you on this occasion?
"'Young man,' answered he, 'I did not intend you any kindness, nor do I desire
any of your thanks. My intention was to preserve a worthy lady from a young
fellow of whom I had heard no good character, and whom I imagined to have a
design of stealing a human creature for the sake of her fortune.'
"It was very kind of you, indeed, answered I, to entertain such an opinion of me.
"'Why, sir,' replied the doctor, 'it is the opinion which, I believe, most of you young
gentlemen of the order of the rag deserve. I have known some instances, and
have heard of more, where such young fellows have committed robbery under
the name of marriage.'
"I was going to interrupt him with some anger when he desired me to have a little
patience, and then informed me that he had visited Mrs. Harris with the above-
mentioned design the evening after the discovery I have related; that Mrs. Harris,
without waiting for his information, had recounted to him all which had happened
the evening before; and, indeed, she must have an excellent memory, for I think
she repeated every word I said, and added, that she had confined her daughter