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other, but �tis also well to let particulars
remain behind the veil.          He talks yet more
defiantly of the world � as though endeavouring to
have its probable judgment.     Every man�s voice
may be against him in this matter � why then
should he spare bitter speech or harsh judgment of
others?         The step he has taken has rather deep-
ened his estimation if the general immorality under-
lying American life, and at times he rages,
morosely, about it. �His daughter shall be brought
up different!� &c. �As for �Mary� it was all
her father�s fault.     It�s a wonder all the daughters
are not on the town.      She married Brainard
because she didn�t like to live on her mother, doing
nothing to support herself.   All her sisters were
made to learn trades.�    He�s down
on all the family, and intends cutting the lot
� quietly dropping any intimacy, when he shall
have effected a divorce and marriage.   She, he
says, was very anxious to see them, but the present
visit has cured her.      They make her unhappy,
telling her she ought to have lived with her hus-
band, and suggesting that Alf may �get tired� of
her.    They fuss a good deal, and are horribly
apprehensive and secretive.    Mrs Sexton and Seli-
na do a little elder-sistering, and Mrs Jewell
is weak-minded.           All this I can well believe
and understand, but I think her conduct is just               
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