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[16] Nay, even those pleasantries in which we indulge on certain occasions of festive licence (and to which we give the name of mots,1 as, indeed, they are), if only a little more good sense were employed in their [p. 447] invention, and they were seasoned by a slight admixture of seriousness, might afford a most useful training. As it is, they serve merely to divert the young and merrymakers.

1 The meaning of this passage is not clear, and no satisfactory explanation or correction has been suggested.

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