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Text for Page 047 [04-07-1855]

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  7.  Saturday.  Visited Toner at his office 34 Great St Helen�s
Bishopgate. (He was pupil to Inwood, and Heylyn witnessed the
signing his articles.)   I had met him the other day, when he recog-
nized me, also heard of his wishing to see me, through George Clarke.
Heretofore I had�nt seen Toner since at Forest Fair, Whychwood, 
some ten years ago.    He�s now a good looking tall fellow, with an
office top of  �chambers�, and little to do.     Price called in the evening.
  8.  Sunday.  All out save Father, Mother, and self at
dinner to day.  Ned at the Chinners, (of course,)  Charley at Neithrop
and my sisters at the Mason�s, whither I�d ben ass enough to
promise to join �em towards evening.       Sam and Minnie came in
the afternoon, and the former accompanied me through delectable Ro-
therhithe to within sight of Mason�s door, then returned.     I found
the Miss Stokes�, Mr Henry Stokes, Mr, Mrs, and Miss Mason,
and my sisters in a sort of back parlor, very much suffumigated
by the gentlemen�s cigar and pipe.  The room was something between
a ship chandler�s and Wapping hostess� snuggery, had ^|big| models of ships
and sticking plaster portraits as decorations.       Coming in from the
breezy afternoon, I felt the contrast, and that I was �in for� a dreary
time of it.  And also instinctively the question sprang up What the
devil do my lady sisters [word crossed out] come here, to such a shop as this for?
Instinctively too, I knew, and felt humiliated.   The woman � Mrs
Mason is a match maker; there are certain of these Stokes �eligible
young men,�� bah !     I too must be trotted out, to aid and abet,
to talk to the amiably dull, wholesome looking but perfectly inane
girls; to listen to Mason�s vulgar egotism, and brutal conceit.  He
and Stokes took me into another room, where I had a disconsolate cigar,               
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