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in that limited circle alone are they ambitious for distinction and
applause. Sir Mulberry’s world was peopled with profligates, and
he acted accordingly.

Thus, cases of injustice, and oppression, and tyranny, and the
most extravagant bigotry, are in constant occurrence among us
every day. It is the custom to trumpet forth much wonder and
astonishment at the chief actors therein setting at defiance so
completely the opinion of the world; but there is no greater fallacy;
it is precisely because they do consult the opinion of their own
little world that such things take place at all, and strike the great
world dumb with amazement.

The reflections of Mrs Nickleby were of the proudest and most
complacent kind; and under the influence of her very agreeable
delusion she straightway sat down and indited a long letter to
Kate, in which she expressed her entire approval of the admirable
choice she had made, and extolled Sir Mulberry to the skies;
asserting, for the more complete satisfaction of her daughter’s
feelings, that he was precisely the individual whom she (Mrs
Nickleby) would have chosen for her son-in-law, if she had had the
picking and choosing from all mankind. The good lady then, with
the preliminary observation that she might be fairly supposed not
to have lived in the world so long without knowing its ways,
communicated a great many subtle precepts applicable to the
state of courtship, and confirmed in their wisdom by her own
personal experience. Above all things she commended a strict
maidenly reserve, as being not only a very laudable thing in itself,
but as tending materially to strengthen and increase a lover’s
ardour. ‘And I never,’ added Mrs Nickleby, ‘was more delighted in
my life than to observe last night, my dear, that your good sense

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