'Then of course that can't be called love,' said Whelpdale.
'Perhaps not. But, as I told you, a preference of this kind can be heightened into emotion, if one chooses. In the case of which I am thinking it easily might be. And I think it very improbable indeed that I should repent it if anything led me to indulge such an impulse.'
'This is very interesting. I hope it may lead to something.'
'I don't think it will. I am far more likely to marry some woman for whom I have no preference, but who can serve me materially.'
'I confess that amazes me. I know the value of money as well as you do, but I wouldn't marry a rich woman for whom I had no preference. By Jove, no!'
'Yes, yes. You are a consistent sentimentalist.'
'Doomed to perpetual disappointment,' said the other, looking disconsolately about the room.
'Courage, my boy! I have every hope that I shall see you marry and repent.'
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