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Hunted Down- Charles Dickens

Hunted Down- Charles Dickens

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Published by: Venkat Bharadwaj J on Jun 15, 2010
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Hunted Downby Charles DickensI.Most of us see some romances in life.In my capacity as Chief Manager of a Life Assurance Office, Ithink I have within the lastthirty years seen more romances thanthe generality of men, howeverunpromising the opportunity may, atfirst sight, seem.As I have retired, and live at my ease,I possess the means that Iused to want, of considering what Ihave seen, at leisure. Myexperiences have a more remarkableaspect, so reviewed, than theyhad when they were in progress. I
 
have come home from the Playnow, and can recall the scenes of theDrama upon which the curtainhas fallen, free from the glare,bewilderment, and bustle of the Theatre.Let me recall one of these Romancesof the real world. There is nothing truer thanphysiognomy, taken in connectionwithmanner. The art of reading that bookof which Eternal Wisdomobliges every human creature topresent his or her own page withthe individual character written on it,is a difficult one,perhaps, and is little studied. It mayrequire some naturalaptitude, and it must require (foreverything does) some patienceand some pains. That these are notusually given to it, - that
 
numbers of people accept a few stockcommonplace expressions of theface as the whole list of characteristics, and neither seek norknow the refinements that are truest, -that You, for instance,give a great deal of time and attentionto the reading of music,Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Hebrew,if you please, and do notqualify yourself to read the face of themaster or mistress lookingover your shoulder teaching it to you, -I assume to be fivehundred times more probable thanimprobable. Perhaps a littleself-sufficiency may be at the bottomof this; facial expressionrequires no study from you, you think;it comes by nature to you toknow enough about it, and you are notto be taken in.I confess, for my part, that I HAVEbeen taken in, over and over

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