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- The slight spurt of peevish susceptibility which had escaped him in their first interview was a symptom of a perpetually recurring mental ailment, half of it nervous irritability, half of it the heart-bitterness produced by the sense of his deformity.2.4 -- Book 2 Chapter 4 -- "The Young Idea" (8% in)
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