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Chapter VII

In no long time after the disclosure Mr Falkland had made, Mr Forester, his elder brother by the mother’s side, came to reside for a short period in our family. This was a circumstance peculiarly adverse to my 81 [master’s] habits and inclinations. He had broken off, as I have already said, all intercourse of visiting his neighbours. He debarred himself every kind of amusement and relaxation. He shrunk from the society of his fellows, and thought he could never be sufficiently buried in obscurity and solitude. This principle was in most cases of no difficult execution to a man of firmness. But Mr Falkland knew not how to avoid the visit of Mr Forester. This gentleman was just returned from a residence of several years / upon the continent, and his demand of an apartment in the house of his half-brother till his own house at the distance of thirty miles should be prepared for his reception, was made with an air of confidence that scarcely admitted of a refusal. Mr Falkland could only 82 [say] that the state of his health and spirits was such, that he feared a residence at his house would be little agreeable to his kinsman; and Mr Forester conceived that this was a disqualification which would always augment in proportion as it was tolerated, and hoped that his society, by inducing Mr Falkland to suspend his habits of seclusion, would be the means of essential benefit. Mr Falkland opposed him no farther. He would have been sorry to be thought unkind to a kinsman for whom he had a particular esteem; and the consciousness of not daring to assign the true reason, /made him cautious of adhering to his objection.