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"Had she been using any thing in particular?" "No, nothing." "Merely Gowland," he supposed. "No, nothing at all." "Ha! he was surprised at that;" and added, "certainly you cannot do better than to continue as you are; you cannot be better than well; or I should recommend Gowland, the constant use of Gowland, during the spring months. "
His recommendation of Gowland's Lotion is another piece of evidence for Sir Walter's genuine "lack of smarts." By Austen's time, it was generally known that Gowland (originally from the 1740s) was quite damaging to the skin because of its ingredients. Which of the following was a dangerous ingredient of Gowland's Lotion?