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The actions of our lives, even those we call the most
important, seem as much subject to trifles, as our
very lives themselves. We frame many notable pro-
jects in imagination, and promise to ourselves an
equal term of life. His however in the power
of the minutest accident, to shorten the one and
disconcert the other. His with mankind as with cer-
tain Fire-Engines, whose motion, may be stopped
in the midst of its rapidity by the interposition
of straw in a particular part of them.