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Autobiography Of A Pocket-handkerchief
by James Fenimore Cooper
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Certain moral philosophers with a due disdain of the flimsy foundations of human pride have shown that every man is equally descended from a million of ancestors within a given number of generations; thereby demonstrating that no prince exists who does not participate in the blood of some beggar or any beggar who does not share in the blood of princes. (Excerpt)
Well! exclaimed $25, "this is the first ball I have been at that I was not thought good enough to have a place in the quadrille. You see all the canaille are in the hands of their owners, while we, the elite of pocket- handkerchiefs, are left here in a corner, like so many cloaks."
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