chapter  3
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Chapter III

From the moment 56 [of his taking a step like this,] dictated as it probably was by an unaffected principle of duty, his misfortunes took their commencement. All I have farther to state of his history is 57 [one] uninterrupted persecution of a malignant destiny, a series of adventures which seemed to take their rise in various accidents, but pointing to one termination. Him they overwhelmed with an anguish he was of all others least qualified to bear; and these waters of bitterness, extending beyond him, poured their deadly venom upon others, I 58 [myself being] the most unfortunate of their victims.