Why, sir, I'll give you my opinion. Of all
failings, that of an idle curiosity is the most abject and contemptible:
it is generally found in those whose utter littleness of mind
prevents their engaging in any useful or honourable pursuit,
and who, thus incapable of action themselves, seek to be distinguished
by meddling in the affairs of others. A curious man is, in my
opinion, a species of thief. Men are so branded who enter our
abodes and abstract our property; and is not the individual who
violates every law of decency and social life, and seeks to clandestinely
possess himself to the secrets of another, only a robber in a
different degree? Such I man I think you, Mr. Pry, and I should
feel as little compunction in throwing you over the bannisters
were I to catch you in my dwelling-place, as I should a swindler
or a house-breaker.
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