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recognized liking for, or trust in one another.    They appear to be all
clever, and are all more or less good looking.     Miss Waud, (I had
good scope to study her, this time,) is about the unpleasantest sample
of all.     She snubbed her mother, twice or thrice, harping on one string.
I had to quietly stand at arms all the time; in return for divers
feminine impertinations played off withut the smallest provocation, let-
ting her know, in the politest manner in the world, that I didn�t care
a damn for her opinion any way.  Upon which she behaved a in better
taste.     She�s prettish, has bright eyes and dark hair, but scarce-
ly dressed in good taste, her many flounces didn�t set gracefully behind,
giving her a shortwaisted appearance.   Also she wears villanously creaking
shoes, and walks emphatically in them.  I noticed this the first time
I visited the house, and supposed that a man was going up or down
stairs.  She sings professionally, at a Roman Catholic Church,
and is also a sort of �companion� to an old couple; and goes out
very much.    She�s clever, quickwitted, defiant, unamiable and un-
womanly.   They call her �Ciss,� in the family, she seems to �manage�
her father, and calls him �Da!�      She sang many songs, at
the piano, all brilliantly, but with little feeling, the best, involving
the latter being Longfellows Shadows of Angels.   Mr Waud sang also,
in the old style, inflating himself immensely in high notes.  Will
sang, as usual.       They were hospitable, wine &c in plenty.  The
younger daughter, a fair faced girl, in short frock, was giggling all
the time, at my beard.  �Aunt Nanny� asked much about Alf.
They seem to have a pained expectation that he don�t want to come
back anymore.     His father inquired about him covertly, as though
he expected I shouldn�t believe in his professing any interest in his son.               
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