I am by birth a Genevese, and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic. My ancestors had been for many years counsellors and syndics, and my father had filled several public situations with honour and reputation. He was respected by all who knew him for his integrity and indefatigable attention to public business. He passed his younger days perpetually occupied by the a airs of his country; a variety of circumstances had prevented his marrying early, nor was it until the decline of life that he became a husband and the father of a family. As the circumstances of his marriage illustrate his character, I cannot refrain from relating them. One of his most intimate friends was a merchant who, from a flourishing state, fell, through numerous mischances, into poverty. Is man, whose name was Beaufort, was of a proud and unbending disposition and could not bear to live in poverty and oblivion in the same country where he had formerly been distinguished for his rank and magnificence. Having paid his debts, therefore, in the most honourable man- ner, he retreated with his daughter to the town of Lucerne, where he lived unknown and in wretchedness. My father loved Beaufort with the truest friendship and was deeply grieved by his retreat in these unfortunate circumstances.

Word What I think Definition
distinguished Recognisable made conspicuous by excellence; noted; eminent; famous
integrity intelligent adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
indefatigable ??? incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring
perpetually More so “ he was perpetually occupied” continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
flourishing Moving forward, maturing growing vigorously; thriving; prosperous
unbending Not budging, not changing my mind- my unbending mind refusing to yield or compromise; resolute.
disposition Not straightforward, not simple state of mind regarding something; inclination.
magnificence Amazing the quality or state of being magnificent splendor; grandeur; sublimity
wretchedness Badness, something bad very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable

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