Excerpt from Raff Hall, Vol. 1 of 3
The minor geniuses of the neighbourhood, if they felt conscience-struck at the subject, could not withhold their applause from his wit, and courted his acquaintance as a matter of dis tinction. The ladies likewise, for the most part, connec... ting his reputation with a fine per son and a large estate, looked upon Sir Hector Maltravers, Bart. Of Raff Hall, as an apostate angel whom it would be a great triumph to reform. Thus the spirit of contrariety became emboldened in its daring by gratified vanity, and from priding himself upon being less shackled than other people, he arrived at the singular ambition of being thought worse.
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