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is both force and keeping-Who can this be, my lady? | about in quest of a tawny lion, though they are much --Do but see the sky-line-why, this is really a little more successful in now and then starting a great bit-an exquisite little bit-Who the devil can it be? bore ;* and the others, having left all their own ordiand how can he have stumbled upon the dog-hole in nary affairs and subjects of interest at home, were the Old Town, and the snarling I beg your glad to make a matter of importance of the most ladyship ten thousand pardons-that kennels there ?” irivial occurrence. A mighty poet, said the former
"Idare say, my lady,” said a little miss of fourteen, class--who could it possibly be -All names were reher eyes growing rounder and rounder, and her cheeks cited-all Britain scrutinized, from Highland hills to redder and redder, as she found herself speaking, and the Lakes of Cumberland-from Sydenham Comso many folks listening-"O la! I dare say it is the mon to St. James's Place-even the Banks of the same gentleman we met one day in the Low-wood Bosphorus were explored for some name which might walk, ihat looked like a gentleman, and yet was none rank under this distinguished epithet. And then, beof the company, and that you said was a handsome sides his illustrious poesy, to sketch so inimitably!
who could it be? And all the gapers, who had noI did not say handsome, Maria,” replied her lady: thing of their own to suggest, answered with the ship; "ladies never say men are handsome-I only antistrophe, "Who could it be?' said he looked genteel and interesting.”
The Claret-Club, which comprised the choicest and And that, my lady," said the young parson, bow- firmest adherents of Squire Mowbray and the Baroing and smiling,"is, I will be judged by the company, net---men who scorned that the reversion of one the more flattering compliment of the two-We shall bottle of wine should furnish forth the seast of 10be jealous of this Unknown presently."
morrow, though caring naught about either of the Nay, but," continued the sweetly communicative fine arts in question, found out an interest of their Maria, with some real and some assumed simplicity, own, which centred in the same individual.
your ladyship, forgets-for you said presently after, "I say, little Sir Bingo," said the Squire, “this is you were sure he was no gentleman, for he did not the very fellow that we saw down at the Willowrun after you with your glove which you had dropped slack on Saturday-he was tog'd gnostically enough, --and so I went back myself to find your ladyship's and cast twelve yards of line with one hand--the fly glove, and he never offered to help me, and I saw him fell like a thistledown on the water." closer than your ladyship did, and I am sure he is Uich!" answered the party he addressed in the handsome, though he is not very civil."
accents of a dog choking in the collar. You speak a litile too much and too loud, miss," "We saw him pull out the salmon yonder," said said Lady Penelope, a natural blush reinforcing the Mowbray: "you remember-clean fish-the tide. nuance of rouge by which it was usually superseded. ticks on his gills--weighed, I dare say, a matter of
"What say you to that, Squire Mowbray ?” said eighteen pounds." the elegant Sir Bingo Binks.
"Sixteen!" replied Sir Bingo, in the same tone of "A fair challenge to the field, Sir Bingo," answered strangulation. the squire ; "when a lady throws down the gauntlet, "None of your rigs, Bing!" said his companion, a gentleman may throw the handkerchief.”
' -nearer eighteen than sixteen !" "I have always the benefit of your best construc- "Nearer sixteen, by !" tion, Mr. Mowbray,'' said the lady with dignity. “Will you go a dozen of blue on it to the com"I suppose Miss Maria has contrived this pretty story pany ?" said the Squire. for your amusement. I can hardly answer to Mr. "No, d-n me!!) croaked the Baronet-"to our Diggs, for bringing her into company where she own set I will." receives encouragement to behave so.'
“Then, I say done !" quoth the Squire. “Nay, nay, my lady," said the president, “you And "Done!" responded the Knight; and out must let the jest pass by; and since this is really came their red pocketbooks. such an adınirable sketch, you must honour us with “But who shall decide the bet ?" said the Squire. your opinion, whether the company can consistently “The genius himself, I suppose; they talk of asking with propriety make any advances to this man." him here, but I suppose he will scarce mind quizzes
“In my opinion," said her ladyship, the angry spot like them." still glowing on her brow, "there are enough of men "Write myself–John Mowbray,” said the Baronet. among us already-I wish I could say gentlemen-As “You, Baronet !-you write !" answered the Squire, matters stand, I see little business ladies can have at "den me, that cock won't fight-you won't.” St. Ronan's.
"I will,'' growled Sir Bingo, more articulately than This was an intimation which always brought the usual. Squire back to good-breeding, which he could make
"Why, you can't!" said Mowbray. "You never use of when he pleased. He deprecated her lady- wrote a line in your life, save those you were whipped ship's displeasure, until she told him, in returning for at school.' good humour, that she really would not trust him “I can write-I will write !" said Sir Bingo. "Two unless he brought his sister to be security for his future to one I will.". politeness.
And there the affair rested, for the council of the “Clara, my lady," said Mowbray, "is a little wil. company were in high consultation concerning the ful; and I believe your ladyship must take the task most proper manner of opening a communication of unharbouring her into your own hands. What say with the mysterious stranger; and the voice of Mr. you to a gipsy party up to my old shop? --It is a Winterblossom, whose tones, originally fine, age had bachelor's house--you must not expect things in much reduced to falsetto, was calling upon the whole party order ; but Clara would be honoured”
for "Order, order!" So that the bucks were obliged The Lady Penelope eagerly accepted the proposal to lounge in silence, with both arms reclined on the of something like a party, and, quite reconciled with table, and testifying, by coughs and yawns, their in Mowbray, began to inquire whether she might þring difference to the matters in question, while the rest of the stranger artist with her; "that is,” said her lady- the company debated upon them, as if they were malship, looking to Dinah, "if he be a gentleman." ters of life and death.
Here Dinah interposed her assurance, that the "A visit from one of the gentlemen-Mr. Wintergentleman at Meg Dods's was quite and clean a gen- blossom, if he would take the trouble—in name of the ileman, and an illustrated poet besides."
company at large--would, Lady Penelope Penfeather An illustrated poet, Dinah ?" said Lady Penelope; presumed to think, be a necessary preliminary to an you must mean an illustrious poet.
invitation." "I dare to say your ladyship is right," said Dinah, Mr. Winterblossom was quite of her ladyship's dropping a curtsey.
opinion, and would gladly have been the personal A joyous flutter of impatient anxiety was instantly representative of the company at St. Ronan's Wellexcited through all the blue-stocking faction of the * The one or the other was equally in totis to Ascanius company, nor were the news totally indifferent to the
"Optat aprum, aut fulvum descendere monte leouem." rest of the community. The former belonged to that Modern Trojans make a great distinction betwixt these two obclass, who, like the young Ascanius, are ever beating Ijects of chase.
but it was up hill-her ladyship knew his tyrant, the a prodigious clamour was heard without, which, to gout, was hovering upon the frontiers-there were the first apprehensions of the company, seemed to be other gentlemen, younger and more worthy to fly at Meg, in all her terrors, come to anticipate the prothe lady's command than an ancient Vulcan like posed invasion. Upon inquiry, however, it proved to him--there was the valiant Mars and the eloquent be her gossip, Trotting Nelly, or Nelly Trotter, in the Mercury."
act of forcing her way up stairs, against the united Thus speaking, he bowed to Captain MacTurk and strength of the whole household of the hotel, to rethe Rev. Mr. Simon Chatterly, and reclined on his claim Luckie Dod's picture, as she called it. This chair, sipping his negus with the self-satisfied smile made the connoisseur's treasure tremble in his pocket, of one, who, by a pretty speech, has rid himself of a who, thrusting a half-crown into Toby's hand, extroublesome commission. At the same time, by an horted him to give it her, and try his influence in act probably of mental absence, he put in his pocket keeping her back. Toby, who knew Nelly's nature, the drawing, which, after circulating around the ta- put the half-crown into his own pocket, and snatched ble, had returned back to the chair of the president, up a gill-stoup, of whisky from the sideboard. Thus being the point from which it had set out.
armed, he boldly confronted the virago, and interpos“By Cot, madam,” said Captain MacTurk, “I ing a remora, which was able to check poor Nelly's should be proud to obey your leddyship's commands course in her most determined moods, not only suc--but, by Cot, I never call first on any man that ceeded in averting the immediate storm which apnever called upon me at all, unless it were to carry proached the company in general, and Mr. Winterhim a friend's message, or such like."
blossom in particular, but brought the guests the "Twig the old connoisseur," said the Squire to the satisfactory information, that Trotting Nelly had Knight. -" He is condiddling the drawing:
agreed, after she had slept out her nap in the barn, to Go it, Johnnie Mowbray--pour it into him,” whis- convey their commands to the Unknown of Cleikum pered Sir Bingo.
of Aultoun. "Thank ye for nothing, Sir Bingo," said the Squire, Mr. Winterblossom, therefore, having authentiin the same tone. “Winterblossom is one of us-was cated his proceedings, by inserting in the Minutes of one of us at least-and won't stand the ironing. He the Committee, the authority which he had received, has his Wogdens still
, that were right things in wrote his card in the best style of diplomacy, and his day, and can hit the hay-stack with the best of sealed it with the seal of the Spa, which bore someus--but stay, they are hallooing on the parson." thing like a nymph, seated beside what was designed
They were indeed busied on all hands, to obtain Mr. to represent an urn. Chatterly's consent to wait on the Genius unknown; The rival factions, however did not trust entirely to but though he smiled and simpered, and was abso- this official invitation. Lady Penelope was of opinlutely incapable of saying No, he begged leave, in all ion that they should find some way of letting the humility, to decline that commission. "The truth stranger-a man of talent unquestionably-underwas," he pleaded in his excuse, "that having one day stand that there were in the society to which he was walked to visit the old Castle of St. Ronan's, and invited, spirits of a more select sort
, who felt worthy returning through the Auld Town, as it was popularly to intrude themselves on his solitude. called, he had stopped at the door of the Cleikum, Accordingly, her ladyship imposed upon the elegant (pronounced Anglicé, with the open diphthong,) " in Mr. Chatterly the task of expressing the desire of the hopes to get a glass of syrup of capillaire, or a draught company to see the unknown artist, in a neat occaof something cooling; and had in fact expressed his sional copy of yerses. The poor gentleman's muse, wishes, and was knocking pretty loudly, when a sash- however, proved unpropitious; for he was able to prowindow was thrown suddenly he was soused with coupled with its variations, we insert from the blotted
and ere he was ceed no farther than two lines in half an hour, which, was about , a deluge of water," (as he said,)." while the voice of manuscript, as Dr. Johnson has printed the alteraan old hag from within assured him, that if that did lions in Pope's version of the Iliad: not cool him there was another biding him,--an inti- 1. Maids. 2. Dames.
unity joining mation which induced him to retreat in all haste from The (nymphs) of St. Ronan's (in purpose combining the repetition of the shower-bath."
1. Swain, 2. Man. All laughed at the account of the chaplain's mis- To the (youth] who is great both in verse and designing,
dining fortune, the history, of which seemed to be wrung from him reluctantly, by the necessity of assigning The eloquence of a prose billet was necessarily some weighty cause for declining to execute the resorted to in the absence of the heavenly muse, and ladies' commands. But the Squire and Baronet con- the said billet was secretly intrusted to the care of tinued their mirth far longer than decorum allowed, Trotting Nelly. The same trusty emissary, when reflinging themselves back in their chairs, with their freshed by her nap among the pease-straw, and about hands thrust into their side-pockets, and their mouths to harness her cart for her return to the sea-coast
, expanded with unrestrained enjoyment, until the suf- (in the course of which she was to pass the Aultoun, ferer, angry, disconcerted, and endeavouring to look received another card, written, as he had threatened, scornfal, incurred another general burst of laughter on by Sir Bingo Binks himself, who had given himself all hands.
this trouble to secure the settlement of the bet; con When Mr. Winterblossom had succeeded in restor-jecturing that a man with a fashionable exterior, ing some degree of order, he found the mishaps of the who could throw twelve yards of line at a cast with young divine proved as intimidating as ludicrous. such precision, might consider the invitation of WinNot one of the company chose to go Envoy Extraor-terblossom as that of an old twaddler, and care as dinary to the dominions of Queen Meg, who might be little for the good graces of an affected blue stocking suspected of paying little respect to the sanctity of an and her coterie, whose conversation, in Sir Bingo's ambassador's
's person. And what was worse, when mind, relished of nothing but of weak tea and bread it was resolved that a civil card from Mr. Winter- and butter. Thus the happy Mr. Francis Tyrrel blossom, in the name of the company, should be sent received, considerably to his surprise, no less ihan to the stranger, instead of a personal visit, Dinah in three invitations at once from the Well of St. Roformed them that she was sure no one about the nan's. house could be bribed to carry up a letter of the kind; for, when such an event had taken place two gummers since, Meg, who construed it into an attempt to seduce from her tenement the invited guest, had so
CHAPTER V. handled a ploughboy who carried the letter, that he
EPISTOLARY ELOQUENCE. fled the country-side altogether, and never thought
But how can I answer, since first I must read thee ?-PRIOR. himself safe till he was at a village ten miles off, where it was afterwards learned he enlisted with a DESIROUS of authenticating our more important recruiting party, choosing rather to face the French facts, by as many original documents as possible, we than to return within the sphere of Meg's displeasure. have, after much research, enabled ourselves to pre
Just while they were agitating this new difficulty, (sent the reader with the following accurate tran
scripts of the notes intrusted to the care of Trotting garnished with fine hair-strokes and dashes, which Nelly. The first ran thus:
were sometimes so dexterously thrown off as to re
present lyres, pallets, vases, and other appropriate "Mr. Winterblossom (of Silverhed) has the com decorations, suited to the tenor of the contents. mands of Lady Penelope Penfeather, Sir Bingo and The third epistle was a complete contrast to the Lady Binks, Mr. and Miss Mowbray (of St. Ronan's), other two. It was written in a coarse, irregular, and the rest of the company at the Hotel and Tontine schoolboy half-text, which, however, seemed to have Inn of St. Ronan's Well, io express their hope that cost the writer as much pains as if it had been a the gentleman lodged at the Cleikum Inn, Old Town specimen of the most exquisite caligraphy. And of St. Ronan's, will favour them with his company these were the contents :ar the Ordinary, as early and as often as may suit his convenience. The COMPANY think it necessary 'SUR-Jack Moobray has betted with me that the to send this intimation, because, according to the samon you killed on Saturday last weyd ni to eiteen Rules of the place, the Ordinary can only be attended pounds — I say myer sixteen.-So you being a spurts, by such gentlemen and ladies as lodge at St. Ronan's man, 'tis refer'd. --So hope you will come or send Well; but they are happy to make a distinction in ime't ; do not doubt you will be on honour. The bet favour of a gentleman so distinguished for success in is a dozen of claret, to be drank at the botel by our the fine arts as Mr.
residing at Cleikum. own sett, on Monday next; and we beg you will If Mr.
should be inclined, upon becoming make one; and Moobray hopes you will come down. further acquainted with the COMPANY and Rules of -Being, sír, your
most humbel servant, -Bingo Binks the Place, to remove his residence to the Well, Mr. Baronet, and of Block-hall. Winterblossom, though he would not be understood "Postscript. Have sent some loops of Indian to commit himself by a positive assurance to that gout, also some black hakkles of my groom's dresseffect, is inclined to hope that an arrangement might ing; hope they will prove killing, as suiting river and be made, notwithstanding the extreme crowd of he season. season, to accommodate Mr.
at the lodginghouse, called Lilliput-Hall. It will much conduce 10 No answer was received to any of these invitations facilitate this negotiation, if Mr. would have for more than three days; which, while it secretly, the goodness to send an exact note of his stature, as rather added to than diminished the curiosity of the Captain Rannletree seems disposed to resign the Wellers concerning the Unknown, occasioned much folding-bed at Lilliput-Hall
, on account of his finding railing in public against him, as ill-mannered and it rather deficient in length. Mr. Winterblossom begs rude. farther to assure Mr.
of the esteem in which Mean time, Francis Tyrrel, to his great surprise, he holds his genius, and of his high personal consi- began to find, like the philosophers, that he was never deration.
less alone than when alone. ' In the most silent and For
Esquire, sequestered walks, to which the present state of his Cleikum Inn, Old Town of mind induced him to betake himself, he was sure to St. Ronan's. find some strollers from the Well, to whom he had
become the object of so much solicitous interesi. “ The Public Rooms,
Quite innocent of the knowledge that he himselt posHotel and Tontine, St. Ronan's Well,
sessed the attraction which occasioned his meeting doc. doc. foc.
them so frequently, he began to doubt whether the
Lady Penelope and her maidens-Mr. Winterblossom The above card was written (we love to be precise and his gray pony-the parson and his short black in matters concerning orthography) in a neat, round, coat and raven-gray pantaloons--were not either clerk-like hand, which, like Mr. Winterblossom's cha- actually polygraphic copies of the same individuals, racter, in many particulars was most accurate and or possessed of a celerity of motion resembling omnicommonplace, though betraying an affectation both presence and ubiquity; for no where could he go of Aourish and of facility.
without meeting them, and that oftener than once The next billet was a contrast to the diplomatic a-day, in the course of his walks. Sometimes the gravity and accuracy of Mr. Winterblossom's official presence of the sweet Lycoris was intimated by the communication, and ran thus, the young, divine's sweet pratile in an adjacent shade; sometimes, when academic jests and classical Aowers of eloquence Tyrrel thought himself most solitary, the parson's flute being mingled with some wild flowers from the was heard snoring forth Gramachree Molly; and if teeming fancy of Lady Penelope.
he betook himself to the river, he was pretty sure to " A choir of Dryads and Naiads, assembled at the find his sport watched by Sir Bingo or some of his healing spring of St. Ronan's, have learned with friends. surprise that a youth, gifted by Apollo, when the The efforts which Tyrrel made to escape from this Deity was prodigal, with two of his most esteemed persecution, and the impatience of it which his manendowmenis, wanders at will among their domains, ner indicated, procured him, among the Wellers, the frequenting grove and river, without once dreaming name of the Misanthrope ; and, once distinguished of paying homage to its tutelary deities. He is, there as an object of curiosity, he was the person most fore, summoned to their presence, and prompt obedi- attended to, who could at the ordinary of the day give ence will insure him forgiveness; but in case of con- the most accurate account of where he Misanthrope timacy, let him beware how he again essays either had been, and how occupied in the course of the the lyre or the pallet.
morning. And so far was Tyrrel's shyness from “ Postscript. The adorable Penelope, long enrolled diminishing the desire of the Wellers for his society, among the Goddesses for her beauty and virtues, gives that the laiter feeling increased with the difficulty of Nectar and Ambrosia, which mortals call tea and gratification, -as the angler feels the most peculiar cake, at the Public Rooms, near the Sacred Spring, interest when throwing his fly for the most cunning on Thursday evening, at eight o'clock, when the and considerate trout in the pool. Muses never fail to attend. The stranger's presence In short, such was the interest which the excited is requested to participate in the delights of the imaginations of the company, took in the Misanevening.
thrope, that, notwithstanding the unamiable qualities Second Postscript. A shepherd, ambitiously aim- which the word expresses, there was only one of the ing at more accommodation than his narrow cot society who did not desire to see the specimen at affords, leaves it in a day or two.
their rooms, for the purpose of examining him closely • Assuredly the thing is to be hired.'-As You Like It.
and at leisure; and the ladies were particularly de
sirous to inquire whether he was actually a Misan"Postscript third. Our Iris, whom mortals know thrope? Whether he had been always a Misanas Trotting Nelly in her tartan cloak, will bring us thrope ? What had induced him to become a Misanthe stranger's answer to our celestial summons. thrope? And whether there were no means of
inducing him to cease to be a Misanthrope ? This letter was written in a delicate Italian hand, One individual only, as we have said, neither
desired to see nor hear more of the supposed Timon microscopically the response of the stranger to Mr.
chimney-corner than he could
| let me have an order to look over the file of newspaThe Squire, therefore, devoutly hoped that Tyrrel's pers. it's very sroublesome that restriction about restive disposition might continue, to prevent the consulting them." decision of the bet, while, at the same time, he nou- “You know it is a necessary one, Doctor," said the rished a very reasonable degree of dislike to that president;, because so few of the good company stranger, who had been the indirect occasion of the read any thing else, that the old newspapers would unpleasant predicament in which he found himself, have been worn to pieces long since." by not catching a salmon weighing a pound heavier. "Well, well, let me have the order," said the DocHe, therefore, openly censured the meanness of those tor; “I remember something of a gentleman run who proposed taking further notice of Tyrrel, and away from his friends—I must look at the description. referred to the unanswered letters, as a piece of im- -I believe I have a strait-jacket somewhere about pertinence which announced him to be no gentle- the Dispensary.'
While this suggestion appalled the male part of the But though appearances were against him, and company, who did not much relish the approaching though he was in truth naturally inclined to solitude, dinner in company with a gentleman whose situation and averse to the affectation and bustle of such a seemed so precarious, some of the younger Misses society, that part of Tyrrel's behaviour which indi-whispered to each other—"Ah, poor fellow and if cated ill-breeding was easily accounted for, by, his it be as the Doctor supposes, my lady, who knows Dever having received the letters which required an what the cause of his illness may have been ?-His answer. Trotting Nelly, whether unwilling to face spirits he complains of-aḥ, poor man!". her gossip, Meg Dods, without bringing back the And thus, by the ingenious commentaries of the drawing, or whether oblivious through the influence company at the Well, on as plain a note as ever of the double dram wth which she had been indulged covered the eighth part of a sheet of foolscap, the at the Well, jumbled off with her cart to her beloved writer was deprived of his property, his reason, and village of Scate-raw, from which she transmitted his heart, "all or either, or one or other of them,” as the letters by the first bare-legged gillie who travelled is briefly and distinctly expressed in the law phrase. towards Aultoun of St. Ronan's; so that at last, but In short, so much was said pro and con. 80 many after a long delay, they reached the Cleikum Inn and ideas started and theories maintained, concerning the the hands of Mr. Tyrrel.
disposition and character of the Misanthrope, thal, The arrival of these documents explained some when the company assembled at the usual time, bepart of the oddity of behaviour which had surprised fore proceeding to dinner, they doubted, as it seemed, him in his neighbours of the Well; and as he saw whether the expected addition to their society was to they had got somehow an idea of his being a lion enter the room on his hands or his feet; and when extraordinary, and was sensible that such is a cha- "Mr. Tyrrel" was announced by Toby, at the top of racter equally ridiculous, and difficult to support, he his voice, the gentleman wbo entered the room had hastened to write to Mr. Winterblossom a card in the so very little to distinguish him from others, that there style of ordinary mortals. In this he stated the de- was a momentary disappointment. The ladies, in lay occasioned by miscarriage of the letter, and his particular, began to doubt whether the compound of regret on that account; expressed his intention of talent, misanthropy, madness, and mental sensibility, dining with the company at the Well on the suc- which they had pictured to themselves, actually, was ceeding day, while he regretted that other circum- the same with the genteel, and even fashionable lookstances, as well as the state of his health and spirits, ing man whom they saw before them; who, though in would permit him this honour very infrequently during a morning-dress, which the distance of his residence his stay in the country, and begged no trouble might and the freedom of the place, made excusable, had, be taken about his accommodation at the Well, as even in the minute points of his exterior, none of the he was perfectly satisfied with his present residence. negligence, or wildness, which might be supposed to A separate note to Sir Bingo, said he was happy he attach to the vestments of a misanthropic recluse, could verify the weight of the fish, which he had whether sane or insane. As he paid his compliments noted in his diary; ("D-n the fellow, does he keep a round the circle, the scales seemed to fall from the dairy, ?" said the Baronet) and though the result eyes of those he spoke to; and they saw with surcould only be particularly agreeable to one party, prise, that the exaggerations had existed entirely in he should wish both winner and loser mirth with their own preconceptions, and that whatever the fortheir wine;-he was sorry he was unable to promise tunes, or rank in life, of Mr. Tyrrel might be, his manhimself the pleasure of participating in either. En- ners, without being showy, were gentlemanlike and closed was a signed note of the weight of the fish. pleasing. He returned his thanks to Mr. WinterArmed with this, Sir Bingo claimed his wine-tri-blossoin in a manner which made that gentleman umped in his judgment-swore louder and more ar- recall his best breeding to answer the stranger's adticulately than ever he was known to utter any pre- dress in kind. He then escaped from the awkwardness vious sounds, that this Tyrrel was a devilish honest of remaining the sole object of attention, by gliding him ; while the crest-fallen
Squire, privately cursing which seeks to hide itself in a thicket, or an awkward the stranger by all his gods, had no mode of silencing and retired man, shrinking
from the society into which his companion but by allowing his loss, and fixing a he is compelled, but with the air of one who could day for discussing the bet.
maintain with ease his part in a higher circle Him In the public rooms the company examined even I address to Lady Penelope was adapied to the romab .
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