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Fortune-Telling By Cards (For Ladies)

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Fortune-Telling By Cards (For Ladies)

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Miss Martha Carnaby said that this celebrated old fortune-teller
had first gained her acquaintance by attending at her master's
house, before the family had risen, and urging her to have her
fortune told. At length, after much persuasion, she consented;
but the fortune-teller told her that before the secrets of her
future destiny were revealed, she must deposit in her hands some
little token, TO BIND THE CHARM, which the old lady said she
would invoke the same evening--'if I would call at her lodgings,
and also cast my nativity by her cards, and tell me every
particular of the future progress of my life. I accordingly gave
her what money I had; but that, she told me, was not enough to
buy the ingredients with which she was to compose the charm. I
at length gave her four silver teaspoons and two tablespoons,
which she put carefully in her pocket; and then asked me to let
her look at my hand, which I showed her. She told me there were
many lines in it which clearly indicated great wealth and
happiness; and, after telling her my name was Martha Carnaby, she
took her departure, and I agreed to meet her at her lodgings the
same evening. Agreeably to her directions, I dressed myself in
as fashionable a manner as I could, because I WAS TO SEE MY
SWEETHEART THROUGH A MIRROR, AND HE WAS TO SEE ME.'

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