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    Thomas De Quincey
Excerpt from book: VII. DUBLIN. In Sackville Street stood the town house of Lord Al- tamont: and here, in the breakfast room, we found the Earl seated. Long and intimately as I had known Lord Westport, it so happened that 1 had never seen his father, who had, indeed, of late almost pledged himself to a continued residence in Ireland by his own patriotic earnestness as an agricultural improver : whilst for his son, under the difficulties and delays at that time of all travelling, any residence whatever in England seemed preferable, but especially a residence with his mother amongst the relatives of his distinguished English grandfather, and in such close neighborhood to Eton. Hence the long three-years' interval which had separated father and son : and hence my own nervous apprehension, as we were racing through the suburbs of Dublin, that I should unavoidably lay a freezing restraint upon that reunion to which, after such a separation, both father and son must have looked forward with anticipation so anxious. Such cases of unintentional intrusion are at times inevitable : but, even to the least sensitive, they are always distressing : most of all they are so to the intruder, who in fact feels himself in the odd position of a criminal without a crime. But there was no cause for similar fears at present:Bo uniformly considerate in his kindness was Lord Alta- mont. It is true, that Lord Westport, as an only child, and a child to be proud of,— for he was at that time rather handsome, and conciliated general good will by his engaging manners,— was viewed by his father with an anxiety of love that sometimes became almost painful to witness. But this natural self-surrender to a first involuntary emotion, Lord Altamont did not suffer to usurp any such lengthened expression as might too painfully...  
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