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held him in conversation while the other took his likeness; and,
although Mr. Squeers has but one eye, and he has two, and the
published sketch does not resemble him (whoever he may be) in
any other respect, still he and all his friends and neighbours know
at once for whom it is meant, because--the character is so like

“While the Author cannot but feel the full force of the
compliment thus conveyed to him, he ventures to suggest that
these contentions may arise from the fact, that Mr. Squeers is the
representative of a class, and not of an individual. Where
imposture, ignorance, and brutal cupidity, are the stock in trade of
a small body of men, and one is described by these characteristics,
all his fellows will recognise something belonging to themselves,
and each will have a misgiving that the portrait is his own.

‘The Author’s object in calling public attention to the system
would be very imperfectly fulfilled, if he did not state now, in his
own person, emphatically and earnestly, that Mr. Squeers and his
school are faint and feeble pictures of an existing reality,
purposely subdued and kept down lest they should be deemed
impossible. That there are, upon record, trials at law in which
damages have been sought as a poor recompense for lasting
agonies and disfigurements inflicted upon children by the
treatment of the master in these places, involving such offensive
and foul details of neglect, cruelty, and disease, as no writer of
fiction would have the boldness to imagine. And that, since he has
been engaged upon these Adventures, he has received, from
private quarters far beyond the reach of suspicion or distrust,
accounts of atrocities, in the perpetration of which upon neglected
or repudiated children, these schools have been the main

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