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A Simpleton
Charles Reade

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A SIMPLETON 

by Charles Reade 

PREFACE. 

It has lately been objected to me, in studiously courteous terms of
course, that I borrow from other books, and am a plagiarist.  To
this I reply that I borrow facts from every accessible source, and
am not a plagiarist.  The plagiarist is one who borrows from a
homogeneous work: for such a man borrows not ideas only, but their
treatment.  He who borrows only from heterogeneous works is not a
plagiarist.  All fiction, worth a button, is founded on facts; and
it does not matter one straw whether the facts are taken from
personal experience, hearsay, or printed books; only those books
must not be works of fiction. 

Ask your common sense why a man writes better fiction at forty than
he can at twenty.  It is simply because he has gathered more facts

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