1 I thanked my friend from my heart, but I did not speak.
2 You may deem me romantic, my dear sister, but I bitterly feel the want of a friend.
3 I welcomed my friend, therefore, in the most cordial manner, and we walked towards my college.
4 By very slow degrees, and with frequent relapses that alarmed and grieved my friend, I recovered.
5 I once had a friend, the most noble of human creatures, and am entitled, therefore, to judge respecting friendship.
6 He bitterly deplored the false pride which led his friend to a conduct so little worthy of the affection that united them.
7 My generous friend reassured the suppliant, and on being informed of the name of her lover, instantly abandoned his pursuit.
8 But I was in reality very ill, and surely nothing but the unbounded and unremitting attentions of my friend could have restored me to life.
9 Well, these are useless complaints; I shall certainly find no friend on the wide ocean, nor even here in Archangel, among merchants and seamen.
10 He came like a protecting spirit to the poor girl, who committed herself to his care; and after the interment of his friend he conducted her to Geneva and placed her under the protection of a relation.
11 I said in one of my letters, my dear Margaret, that I should find no friend on the wide ocean; yet I have found a man who, before his spirit had been broken by misery, I should have been happy to have possessed as the brother of my heart.
12 I spoke of my desire of finding a friend, of my thirst for a more intimate sympathy with a fellow mind than had ever fallen to my lot, and expressed my conviction that a man could boast of little happiness who did not enjoy this blessing.
13 We passed a fortnight in these perambulations: my health and spirits had long been restored, and they gained additional strength from the salubrious air I breathed, the natural incidents of our progress, and the conversation of my friend.
14 But the old man decidedly refused, thinking himself bound in honour to my friend, who, when he found the father inexorable, quitted his country, nor returned until he heard that his former mistress was married according to her inclinations.
15 Idleness had ever been irksome to me, and now that I wished to fly from reflection, and hated my former studies, I felt great relief in being the fellow-pupil with my friend, and found not only instruction but consolation in the works of the orientalists.
16 I see by your eagerness and the wonder and hope which your eyes express, my friend, that you expect to be informed of the secret with which I am acquainted; that cannot be; listen patiently until the end of my story, and you will easily perceive why I am reserved upon that subject.
17 But I have one want which I have never yet been able to satisfy, and the absence of the object of which I now feel as a most severe evil, I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavour to sustain me in dejection.
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