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Excerpt from Man Proposes: A Novel
Prescott Co. Were selling-agents for a number of manufacturing companies, and carried on an immense business. The senior, Hugh Prescott, had a private room in one corner of the first ﬂoor; and the junior, Adolphus Gibbs, had a simi lar room opposite. In earlier days they had worked together: it was not so now. Mr. Gibbs had of late taken charge of the correspondence, and employed as private secretary Robert Pres cott, a nephew of the head of the house.
As Robert is a person of mark, he should stand for his portrait. Behold him. He is tall, sinewy, and robust. His chestnut hair, abundant and wav falls in loose masses around a face of a strong and manly character. The lines indicate courage, probity, reserve, and, above all, a fine intellect. These impressions are heightened by his singularly expressive eyes, which are steel-blue in color in repose, but are lighted up to blazing points in moments of excitement, or softened at times by a not unmanly tenderness. It is the por trait of a person who should be considerably above the position of private secretary in a warehouse. At the bar, in the pulpit, or in a professor's chair.
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