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The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins

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 THE MOONSTONE
 A Romance
 by
 Wilkie Collins


 PROLOGUE

 THE STORMING OF SERINGAPATAM (1799)


 Extracted from a Family Paper


I address these lines--written in India--to my relatives in England.

My object is to explain the motive which has induced me to refuse
the right hand of friendship to my cousin, John Herncastle.
The reserve which I have hitherto maintained in this matter has been
misinterpreted by members of my family whose good opinion I cannot
consent to forfeit.  I request them to suspend their decision until
they have read my narrative.  And I declare, on my word of honour,
that what I am now about to write is, strictly and literally,
the truth.

The private difference between my cousin and me took its rise
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