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On the bank of Het Kanaal, between Schevenigen and the Hague in December 1687, Daniel joins William Penn in his carriage and asks how things concerning possessions are going overseas. They talk about religion until they reach a small lodge beside the Hague where they find a petite girl in the parlor who addresses them in French. When Penn suggests Daniel move to America, Daniel objects that he has not given up on England yet. William plans to send Eliza to Versailles where he wants her to give Daniel something to live for so he will be careful, and he suggests arranging to spend time with Daniel through Huygens since both are interested in Natural Philosophy. At dinner at Huygens' home, Daniel asks for a pretext under which he might inoffensively converse or exchange letters with Eliza, but Eliza's flirtatious response is...

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