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…Never praise a sister to a sister in the hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears, and so preparing the way for you later on. Sisters are women first and sisters afterwards.


This is from “False Dawn” in Plain Tales from the Hills.

Two sisters, who look very alike, are in love with the same young man. He has decided to propose marriage to one of them during a moonlight riding picnic.

But in the confusion of a sudden dust-storm, he proposes to the wrong woman….