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revenging himself on me was a strong inducement. His revenge
would have been complete indeed.

“This, madam, is a faithful narrative of every event in which we
have been concerned together; and if you do not absolutely reject it
as false, you will, I hope, acquit me henceforth of cruelty towards
Mr. Wickham. I know not in what manner, under what form of
falsehood he has imposed on you; but his success is not perhaps to
be wondered at, ignorant as you previously were of everything
concerning either.

Detection could not be in your power, and suspicion certainly not
in your inclination.

“You may possibly wonder why all this was not told you last
night; but I was not then master enough of myself to know what
could or ought to be revealed. For the truth of everything here
related, I can
appeal more particularly to the testimony of Colonel Fitzwilliam,
who, from our near relationship and constant intimacy, and, still
more, as one of the executors of my father’s will, has been
unavoidably acquainted with every particular of these transactions.
If your abhorrence of me should make my assertions valueless, you
cannot be prevented by the same cause from confiding in my
cousin; and that there may be the possibility of consulting him, I
shall endeavor to find some opportunity of putting this letter in
your hands in the course of the morning. I will only add, God bless

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