'Yes; but he will stand there entreating her to choose, and Lavinia will pull on that side.'

'I am glad she is not on my side; she is capable of ruining an excellent cause. The day Lavinia gets into your boat it capsizes. But she had better be careful,' said the Doctor. 'I will have no treason in my house.'

'I suspect she will be careful; for she is at bottom very much afraid of you.'

'They are both afraid of me, harmless as I am,' the Doctor answered. ' And it is on that that I build - on the salutary terror I inspire.'

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