The History of Sir George Ellison, Volume 1

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University Press of Kentucky, 1766 - Fiction

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THE HISTORY OF SIR GEORGE ELLISON
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NOTES TO THE NOVEL
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Page xxxviii - All school-days' friendship, childhood innocence? We, Hermia, like two artificial gods, Have with our needles created both one flower, Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion, Both warbling of one song, both in one key; As if our hands, our sides, voices, and minds, Had been incorporate. So we grew together, Like to a double cherry, seeming parted ; But yet...
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