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IDEALA 

BY SARAH GRAND 

"L'esprit ne nous garantit pas
des sottises de notre humeur."--VAUVENARGUES 

PREFACE 

You will ask me, perhaps, even you who are all charity, why parts of
this book are what they are.  I can only answer with another question:
Why are we what we are? But I warn you that it would not be fair to
take any of Ideala's opinions, here given, as final.  Much of what she
thought was the mere effervescence of a strong mind in a state of
fermentation, a mind passing successively through the three stages of
the process; the _vinous_, alcoholic, or excitable stage; the
_acetous_, jaundiced, or embittered stage; and the _putrefactive_,
or unwholesome stage; and also embodying, at different times, the
characteristics of all three.  But, even during its worst phase, it was

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