oisy abuse of their aunt Norris, and with whom (perhaps the dearest indulgence of the whole) all the evil and good of their earliest years could be gone over again, and every former united pain and pleasure retraced51 with the fondest recollection. An advantage this, a strengthener of love, in which even the conjugal52 tie is beneath the fraternal. Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connexions can supply; and it must be by a long and unnatural53 estrangement54, by a divorce which no subsequent connexion can justify55, if such precious remains56 of the earliest attachments58 are ever entirely59 outlived. Too often, alas60! it is so. Fraternal love, sometimes almost everything, is at others worse than nothing. But with William and Fanny Price it was still a sentiment in all its prime and freshness, wounded by no opposition61 of interest, cooled by no separate attachment57, and feeling the influence of time and absence only in its increase.
An affection so amiable62 was advancing each in the opinion of all who had hearts to value anything good. Henry Crawford was as much struck with it as any. He honoured the warm-hearted, blunt fondness of the young sailor, which led him to say, with his hands stretched towards Fanny’s head, “Do you know, I begin to like that queer fashion already, though when I first