Excerpt from The Miscellaneous Works and Novels, Vol. 6 of 7 By the word simple, in the title-page, I do t mean devoid of involution, which would render a story insipid as well as simple; but a display of common or probable facts, natural sentiments, and characters, so composed as to engage the attention and interest the mind: ex to fictum. Neither do I mean by the word surprising, the marvellous, which conducts the mind beyond the limits of nature; but a series of facts so highly improbable as to seem impossible, till in the winding up of the story they are fully accounted for. The chief object, however, of this as well as of my former vels, is to mend the heart in the entertainment of leisure hours. I hope it will be deemed worthy of a place by the others, though I am sensible it has many faults. Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, Thinks what ne'er was, r is, r e'er shall be. Pope's Essay on Criticism. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.