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Herbert and Clement, little boys of one and three years of age.
Most tenderly attached to his wife, he, though mixing still, and
with much enjoyment, in the world, had been faithful to her memory,
and never married again. To his boys he had been a tender and most
loving, but, perhaps, a too indulgent father; doing his best to
supply the dead mother's place, and succeeding as well as any man
could. His sons were as much attached to him as he was to them;
but, since their characters had been more decidedly settled (if a
character like Herbert's can be said to be settled at all) Mr. Le
Strange had experienced some difficulty in hiding the decided
preference he could not help feeling, though he struggled hard
against it, for the elder. Both boys had suffered somewhat from the
want of a mother's care in their early years, though it had shown
itself very differently in each. A kind and gentle word of warning
from a mother would have steadied the too versatile and weak?though
good-hearted?Herbert; while her tender voice would have corrected
the severe judgment the steady Clement too often indulged in; and
the intercourse with a loving woman would have softened a manner so
cold, undemonstrative, and reserved that it was difficult to
believe how loving and tender a heart it hid. On the whole, Mr. Le
Strange had good reason for the pride and affection he felt for his
sons. At the time our story commences, Herbert had been between two
and three years in the army. Clement was still at Oxford, and his
profession had not yet been decided on. Of course, the brothers who
had never been parted during their early years, had of late been
obliged to be much separated. Now they were once more together, as,
to both Mr. Le Strange and Clement's great delight, Herbert's
regiment was quart...
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