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Text for Page 032 [02-28-1855]

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and returned home.   To Regent Street again, by bus at 6, thence
to Mr Brown�s establishment.     My pull at the private door bell
was responded to by a handsome, lengthily waisted, elegantly dressed,
dark haired girl from the shop, who smiling pleasantly, piloted the
way to and an upper room, where I found Mr William Brown.
He gave me a fluent welcome, and soon his wife appeared.   She is
a comely, West English lady-like person, unaffectedly amiable and
good-tempered.     He married her, and the business.   There are strong
traits of family resemblance between him and the other brothers, in voice,
in physiognomy, and I think in character.     He was polite, supple,
and tonguey as possible, yet all the time, I�d distrust of it being
mere surface; that he was a wily, glib mortal, keenly alive to his
own interest, and who congratulated himself on having wriggled himself
into a snuggish home.    Mrs B he called �My pet,� and �Mother.�
I had to speak much of the brothers, of George, Alfred, Albert and
Charley.   I find the chief reason why Charles� change of name excited
so much interest, was that it was partially suspected he had married
a fortune.     Mr W returned to this several times, and evidently con-
sidered the union a failure .     The good old-maid his sister, was 
spoken of with much tenderness by his wife, but he spoke of her affection
as exacting and �selfish.�    They have little tiffs, in letters.   She, left,
as it were, in charge of her brothers, by their mother�s death, has perhaps
in an innocent way come to regard them as property in her affections;
they growing up, each with their several ambitions, are too selfish and too
shallow to remember the self sacrificing elder sister who devoted herself
to them, even refusing an offer of marriage for their sakes.   The poor
old maid�s morbid love for them meets with little consideration.       Ah me!               
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