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Wives and Daughters, ch. 44

Preston's falseness and conceit ('as sincere and unworldly a passion ... ', 'I might have married two or three ... ') are contrasted with Molly's unartful simplicity, which goes right to the point: 'She was not a woman . . .', 'She will never marry you', 'I should hate worse'. With Molly words mean things. With Preston they are a smoke screen behind 68