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My Novel, Book 11
E. B. Lytton

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BOOK ELEVENTH. 

INITIAL CHAPTER. 

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HATE AS AN AGENT IN CIVILIZED LIFE. 

It is not an uncommon crotchet amongst benevolent men to maintain that
wickedness is necessarily a sort of insanity, and that nobody would make
a violent start out of the straight path unless stung to such disorder by
a bee in his bonnet.  Certainly when some very clever, well-educated
person like our friend, Randal Leslie, acts upon the fallacious principle
that "roguery is the best policy," it is curious to see how many points
he has in common with the insane: what over-cunning, what irritable
restlessness, what suspicious belief that the rest of the world are in a
conspiracy against him, which it requires all his wit to baffle and turn
to his own proper aggrandizement and profit.  Perhaps some of my readers

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