be superior

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It is urged that the authority which can declare the acts of another void, must necessarily be superior to the one whose acts may be declared void.
I know that young men in general do not admit of any enquiry even from their nearest relations into affairs of the heart, but I hope, my dear Reginald, that you will be superior to such as allow nothing for a father's anxiety, and think themselves privileged to refuse him their confidence and slight his advice.