Worldly wisdom may force them into widely different ways of life; worldly wisdom may delude
them, or may make them delude
themselves, into contracting an earthly and a fallible union.
However,' thought I, 'I ought not to marry Eliza, since my mother so strongly objects to it, and I ought not to delude
the girl with the idea that I intended to do so.
It is true the design of deluding a woman of fortune, if I had been so, was base enough; the putting the face of great things upon poor circumstances was a fraud, and bad enough; but the case a little differed too, and that in his favour, for he was not a rake that made a trade to delude
women, and, as some have done, get six or seven fortunes after one another, and then rifle and run away from them; but he was really a gentleman, unfortunate and low, but had lived well; and though, if I had had a fortune, I should have been enraged at the slut for betraying me, yet really for the man, a fortune would not have been ill bestowed on him, for he was a lovely person indeed, of generous principles, good sense, and of abundance of good-humour.