The Birth-Mark

What does the narrator say the protagonist has done before our story begins?

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The narrator tells us that before the story begins, the protagoinist (the man of science) has taken a wife.

In the latter part of the last century there lived a man of science, an eminent proficient in every branch of natural philosophy, who not long before our story opens had made experience of a spiritual affinity more attractive than any chemical one. He had left his laboratory to the care of an assistant, cleared his fine countenance from the furnace smoke, washed the stain of acids from his fingers, and persuaded a beautiful woman to become his wife.


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