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IN DENIS DUVAL'S COUNTRY.                  71
of the magic of genius. History, in her safer records, associates the ancient towns with the presence of the great King Edward I. and the great Queen Elizabeth; here have dwelt bold sailors and brave warriors, refugees from oppression have found hospitable haven, but of all the real persons who, in eight centuries, have lived and moved and had their being here, none have the reality and permanance of Denis Duval, of Agnes, and the rest of the fictitious creatures, the offspring of Thackeray's brain, to whom he gave a local habitation and a lasting name in Rye and Winchelsea.
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