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English to Spaniards at an adjacent college.   Less operatic
discord since the departure of �Shorts�, Sol having to sing
sol-o.     Levison down occasionally, and generally previous
to supper he, Haney and Sol hauling one another about,
doing grotesque gambols and making a hideous uproar.  Much
half earnest, half in jest abuse, and unlimited absurdity.
  Levison only has lacked the surrounding circumstance to develop
him into a perfect Uriah Heep, to which character he has
much resemblance.   I must take his pen portrait here. A
little over the middle heighth, thinnish, frail looking, with
a partially bald head, hair and beard being of the nastiest
description of red, with grey-green eyes, loose and shapeless
mouth, coarse lips and breath like the odor of a plague pit.
He is slinking, servile and a bully by turns; suspicious,
grossly and obviously selfish, a vulgar and presumptious talker,
accustomed to use the foulest language, and has no sound spot
in his mind or body.   He has a fistula and half a dozen
doctors, and looks the valetudinarian.   Withal he has business
tact, is excellent in soliciting advertisements, has a sort of dry
humor, and would have made an excellent low comic actor, �
which he once aimed at.     Were he a healthier man he would
have been a better.     He want�s to be liked, and has not one
likeable quality.    He can imitate a monkey�s antics with
obscene and curious fidelity.   He listens at doors.  He is
cowardly both in body and mind.  He has no true idea of the
distinction between right and wrong, and but for his pusilanimity
would commit crime.               
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