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He drank a bottle of claret, and then got some brandy-and-water.  In such troubles as were coming upon him now, he would hardly get sufficient support from wine.  He knew that he had better not drink;—­ that is, he had better not drink, supposing the world to be free to him for his own work and his own enjoyment.  But if the world were no longer free to him, if he were really coming to penal servitude and annihilation,—­then why should he not drink while the time lasted?  An hour of triumphant joy might be an eternity to a man, if the man’s imagination were strong enough so make him so regard his hour.  He therefore took his brandy-and-water freely, and as he took it he was able to throw his fears behind...

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