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outwards, which jars harshly in social intercourse.  He affects to be-
lieve that the world grows no better, and that all thought lands
you in a desolate waste of �don�t care-ism.�    All of this, (which
is also every whit applicable to his brother Alf,) springs, I take it,
from a conciousness that each of them is not in his proper place
in life; a self tormenting knowledge that they have talents, without
the continuity and fixedness of purpose to achieve anything; thus
begetting a bitter, listless impatience with everything around them.  On
my suggesting that we�d get George Clarke�s company for the theatre,
Will Waud burst forth in condemnatory strain at George�s way of a-
voiding such pleasures, �finding he had something to do, that he did�nt
want to get a liking for �em &c.�  /  He, however, did half justice to the
steady worth of George�s character.)     But the steady persistence, and un-
ostentatious industry of Clarke stirred his spleen.     And George�s good-
humor and pleasant tempered way of looking at the cheery side of
things, which I can admire and envy, would, I think, irk Waud.
�How he gets through his work� says he �I don�t know!� And
then, with a humiliating sense of self failure he�ll own to having been
�humbugging about,� doing little.          The Waud family are, in-
deed, anxious instances of clever unamiability.   And yet there�s a
laugh in them, and a sort of frankness which sets you thinking that
good humor must be latent in them, could the key note be struck.
It may be the parental touch has damaged all irreparably.     I
mind, in the earlier days of our acquaintanceship, hen I liked
Alf better than I shall ever do so again.     Even now, I know I
like him better than he me.                      For kindly George Clarke,
why I find indeed that �my withers are not unwrung� in contrast               
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