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|Perhaps you ought to listen to your colleagues.
Written by Henry Tilney
(3/21/2013 1:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How to keep out the riff-raff?, penned by Salazaar Slytherin
My dear Mr. Slytherin,
If I understand you rightly, you had formed a surmise of such horror as I have hardly words to. Consider the dreadful nature of the suspicions you have entertained. What have you been judging from? Remember the country and the age in which we--or, perhaps, you--live. Remember that we are English, that we are Christians. Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you. Does our education prepare us for such a course as you suggest? Are not magical children born every day to parents who are not wholely and purely magical? And what shall happen if you refuse to train them? What would you propose to do with them? Could the secrecy of their abilities be perpetrated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing, where every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies, and where roads and newspapers lay everything open? Dear Mr. Slytherin, what ideas have you been admitting?
Indeed, the tenor of your thoughts, coupled with your aversion to disappointment, may lead you to monstrous deeds indeed.
Yours in charity,
P.S. You sound as creepy as my own father, heaven forbid.
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