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TO A PUPIL.

1IS reform needed? Is it through you?
The greater the reform needed, the greater PER-
SONALITY
you need to accomplish it.

2You! do you not see how it would serve to have
eyes, blood, complexion, clean and sweet?
Do you not see how it would serve to have such a Body
and Soul, that when you enter the crowd, an
atmosphere of desire and command enters with
you, and every one is impress'd with your per-
sonality?

3O the magnet! the flesh over and over!
Go, dear friend! if need be, give up all else, and com-
mence to-day to inure yourself to pluck, reality,
self-esteem, definiteness, elevatedness;
Rest not, till you rivet and publish yourself of your
own personality.

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