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The Vicar of Wakefield

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Vicar of Wakefield 1819 edition1819 edition
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Approx. 66,000 words

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I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single and only talked of population.

— First line

At this he laughed, and so did we: the jests of the rich are ever successful.


Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent, it seldom has justice enough to accuse.


The virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarcely worth the sentinel.


It now only remained, that my gratitude in good fortune should exceed my former submission in adversity.

— Last line


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