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THE FALSE STEP.
The purest treasure mortal times afford
IN TWO VOLUME S.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. & J. HARPER,
No. 82 CLIFF-STREET,
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THE FALSE STEP:
I know not whether in the state of girlhood
To rail against the present system of society, its somewhat difficult code of laws, and often irksome ceremonies, its practised artifice, and puerile want of candour, would only be to express, what all in turn feel, submit to, and condemn. Even to say that it puts a severe restraint on the feelings of the heart, and levels the good and intelligent with the bad, the foolish and the ignorant, would be but to mingle truth and falsehood together, and to betray an indiscreet and discontented rather than a wise or subdued spirit. Society, with all these enumerated evils, is, we hope, more conducive to virtue than at the first glance it may appear to be. But
that it is unfavourable to the growth and development of . 'deep-rooted sentiment and impassioned affection, may be
inferred from the infrequency of these qualities themselves, and their many and ill-fabricated imitations. · All appear, or profess, to feel, acutely, long and deeply: few (perhaps fortunately) really do so.
- APR 16 1951.
· Their hearts, wounded like the wounded air,
Nature, however, will not be entirely outraged: in some she plants the germs of genuine feeling, and, in spite of the hollowness or selfishness by which it may be surrounded,