The Blithedale Romance

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The evening before my departure for Blithedale, I was returning to my bachelor apartments, after attending the wonderful exhibition of the Veiled Lady, when an elderly man of rather shabby appearance met me in an obscure part of the street.

"Mr. Coverdale," said he softly, "can I speak with you a moment?"

- Nathaniel Hawthorne, from Chapter 1: Old Moodie, of The Blithedale Romance

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