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[63] immediately into the wild delights, before prohibited, of riding on horseback and wearing flowers in her bonnet. Miss Brown, after writing this, heard for the first time of another maiden lady-also the daughter of a very repressive judge — who celebrated a similar emancipation by immediately taking music lessons and studying French, she having been prohibited these indulgences up to the age of fifty. In the same way, since she imagined the two old ladies in the alms-house who divided their joint room by a chalk-line and made calls on each other, she is said to have encountered old ladies who could name the very house where the thing occurred; and after writing “Told in the poorhouse,” she was informed that the estranged couple were still living. In truth, the writer of realistic fiction must boldly write not merely what has been actually seen, but what might have been seen — as the artist Stuart painted for the newly enriched Irishman the ancestors he ought to have had.

In the course of time, by studying faithfully any type of character, we learn more and more about it, and can eclipse all earlier pictures by greater truthfulness. Cooper bewitched the world by his heroic and imaginative Indian

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