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H. Always; and those sentiments confirm my democracy.

F. Those sentiments do not appear to have made you very conspicuous for obedience. There are not a few passages, I believe, in your life, where you have opposed what was ordered and commanded. Upon your principles, was that right?

H. Perfectly.

F . How now! Was it ordered and commanded that you should oppose what was ordered and commanded! Can the same thing be at the same time both right and wrong?

H. Travel back to Melinda, and you will find the difficulty easily solved. “(The people of Melinda are all left-handed, i. e., their right is our left. But they are as right-handed as we are; for they use that hand in preference which is ordered by their custom, and is therefore their right hand, and leave out of employ the other, which is, therefore, their left hand.)” A thing may be at the same time both right and wrong, as well as right and left. It may be commanded to be done and commanded not to be done. The law — that which is laid down--may be different by different authorities.

I have always been most obedient when most taxed with disobedience. But my right hand is not the right hand of Melinda. The right 1

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