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she taking it literally had promised to redeem her character by the proposed
feat.  Now Gardiner is a good tempered lawyer�s clerk with little pros-
pect of becoming otherwise, had been jilted and professes the marriage
hater.  Rosa & Sarah Ann, George and I abetted.  Miss Susan
was most amusingly in earnest, and utterly sans finesse, � she threw
compliments at the adversary, as though they were sticks at �three throws
a penny,� and she determined to win.  We got �em to try Polka and
Schottishe together, (she dancing for the first time,) she promised to prac-
tice and hoped he�d come to-morrow.   She got him to sing and play, and
thanked him loudly and singly.     Everthing she did was so hearty and
good-humored, you equally laughed at and liked her for it.
  7.  Wednesday.   Off to Chacombe for a farewell visit, as promised
in my letter.   Banbury streets were sloppy, and thawing ice puddled
the roads as I left it behind me, but entering Northamptonshire it
seemed as though I were going into cheery winter weather again.
The old church clock indicated 1/2 past noon, as I passed through the
church-yard, and the little vane creaked querulously, as if to say
that many a weary hour would pass ere I came hope-fully towards
Chacombe again.   Exchanging a greeting with old Chinner, (Mrs
Bennett�s brother,) and his daughter, I got to house at dinner-
time.   The same warmth of welcome, and the same dear faces, and
the same happiness.   How the hours sped on �� !        Hannah
had knit me a pair of mits, like to those which of late, they and the
village folk have been doing for the soldiers in the Crimea, but su-
perior in quality.   There was a fire lit in the special parlor, and there
we all sat, and were very happy, laughing and talking as of old.
And there were precious half hours in which Hannah and I sate alone,               
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