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Newton, Ralph (the Heir)

A weak, charming, self-indulgent, but not essentially bad young man, who was saved from a completely mercenary marriage with Polly Neefit, the breechesmaker’s daughter, by the death of his uncle.

"He was a tall, slender man, somewhat narrow-chested, brighteyed, with a kind-looking sweet mouth, a small well-cut nose, dark but not black hair, and a dimple on his chin. ... A more generous fellow, who delighted more in giving, hesitated more in asking, more averse to begging though a friend of beggars, less selfarrogant, or self-seeking, or more devoted to his profession, never lived ... - was loved and respected, and lived ... in by all men and women, rich and poor, who lived within knowledge of his name" - Ralph the Heir