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Text for Page 045 [04-03-1855]

who were very fond of her.     I had more than one talk with her, as
she was the keenest witted and cleverest woman in the room.  �Twas odd
how, insensibly, all the girls present felt her defiant influence, and I
could�nt help thinking as I noticed the sharp glance of her bright eyes,
that �twas pity that all the affectionate part of her nature should have
been so thwarted, and so little developed.     She sang frequently, or
accompanied her brother. (I believe there�s a deadly feud between them
and that they scarcely speak to one another.)     Louisa Hogarth is a
very beautiful girl, exquisitely fair in complexion, with rich, silky, dark
hair.   She is a fine girl, tall and voluptuous in figure.  But I�m
also afraid she�s very silly. (Ned philandered awhile with her, they
say, but finally pronounced her a �muff,� and ended.     But, by Jove,
Miss Chinner�s a sorry substitute.)    She, Louisa, is a �girl for
a ball-room,� and for her face, and person, is more beautiful than
any I�ve ever known, save one, and that one, Mary Bilton.
Clara is good-looking too, but I didn�t see much of her.   Carry
is not handsome having a slight protuberace on the bridge of her nose,
nor is her complexion good.   But the outline of her face is good, and
its expression kind, and she�s one of the best girls in the world.
Miss Vaughan is a thin, clear faced, dark haired girl.    /      The
evening was a great success.    Arthur Allom came out very quaintly,
punned a great deal, sang divers songs, tried conversation with Miss
Waud and got snubbed, and was jocular at the supper table. George
Clarke did a queer Irish song, which was thoroughly appreciated.
Mrs Dakin sang exquisitely, better, and with more feeling than
any lady present.     Her husband sang also, also recited, dramatically
Ingoldsby�s �Vulgar Boy� and the Pickwickian description of Tupman�s decla-               
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