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Daemon
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Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one's conquests.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
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Context from:Behind A Mask or, A Woman's Power

Chapter 9
LADY COVENTRY



"To convince you, I'll read Jean's letters before I say more. They
were written to an accomplice and were purchased by Sydney. There was
a compact between the two women, that each should keep the other
informed of all adventures, plots and plans, and share whatever good
fortune fell to the lot of either. Thus Jean wrote freely, as you
shall judge. The letters concern us alone. The first was written a few
days after she came.

_"Dear Hortense:

"Another failure. Sydney was more wily than I thought. All was going
well, when one day my old fault beset me, I took too much wine, and
I carelessly owned that I had been an actress. He was shocked, and
retreated. I got up a scene, and gave myself a safe little wound, to
frighten him. The brute was not frightened, but coolly left me to my
fate. I'd have died to spite him, if I dared, but as I didn't, I
lived to torment him. As yet, I have had no chance, but I will not
forget him. His mother is a poor, weak creature, whom I could use as
I would, and through her I found an excellent place. A sick mother,
silly daughter, and two eligible sons. One is engaged to a handsome
iceberg, but that only renders him more interesting in my eyes,
rivalry adds so much to the charm of one's conquests. Well, my dear,
I went, got up in the meek style, intending to do the pathetic; but
before I saw the family, I was so angry I could hardly control
myself. Through the indolence of Monsieur the young master, no
carriage was sent for me, and I intend he shall atone for that
rudeness by-and-by. The younger son, the mother, and the girl
received me patronizingly, and I understood the simple souls at
once. Monsieur (as I shall call him, as names are unsafe) was
unapproachable, and took no pains to conceal his dislike of
governesses. The cousin was lovely, but detestable with her pride,
her coldness, and her very visible adoration of Monsieur, who let
her worship him, like an inanimate idol as he is. I hated them both,
of course, and in return for their insolence shall torment her with
jealousy, and teach him how to woo a woman by making his heart ache.
They are an intensely proud family, but I can humble them all, I
think, by captivating the sons, and when they have committed
themselves, cast them off, and marry the old uncle, whose title
takes my fancy."_


http://www.online-literature.com/alcott/behind-a-mask/9/

Adyl Mouhei
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:10:11 AM

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A rival shouldn’t be someone you hate for being your competition, but someone you admire, who will push you to be better. “Love and hate are not necessarily polar opposites,” “but in some respects only a few degrees away from one another.”

https://www.success.com/how-having-a-rival-can-be-your-greatest-advantage/
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Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:45:21 AM

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Having read the book, "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, I never considered it to be a children's book. It was an informative bit of literature that brought the Civil War civilians to life, IMO.
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Daemon wrote:
Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one's conquests.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)


Yeah. Is this like a spicy ingredient or is this of more substantive nature?
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