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Written by Sir Thomas Bertram
(8/29/2013 2:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The shadow within my breast, penned by David Copperfield
If you are to complain of limited means, puppies and salmon, I am unsurprised that you disconcert your poor, innocent little Dora. A charming girl with easy, indolent feelings and tranquil temper, such as she — such as my Lady Bertram, such as my own docile daughters — should have better raised to the station of a baronet's lady or a Mrs Rushworth. I should consider that, sir, before you intrude your suit upon the guarded daughters of respected gentlemen, causing their premature demises by worrying their heads about blackguards like you. And what a scoundrel you are to tease her about this poor little spaniel; Lady Bertram loves nothing better than her pugs and I should be a demon if I fussed about her doggies at the dinner table, on the sofas or even in the bed. Next time, sir, go ahead and marry Miss Agnes, and do not set your sights upon the sheltered girls who are meant for higher places and higher fortunes. There certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them, Mr Copperfield, but that is still no reason for men like you to prey upon them with your poverty, mean-spiritedness and aversion to all things canine.
Sir Thomas Bertram
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