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ther.     He loves the mother infinitely more than the
child.      To quote his own words, he is �devilish spooney�
about her.             This love is his only plea for the
past � if he knew it.        I think he feels his posi-
tion keenly, though he affects audacity and defiance.
He talks hardly, and, I think, tells me all these
things rather from companionship and want of sym-
pathy than from faith and friendship.   Yet he
retains much of his old frankness and good humor,
says rude things with such a pleasant air of bon hommie
than one cannot but like him.     He has humor, too,
and sense, when not twisted by his prejudices. But
why the devil should he adopt dirty American dispraise
against his own nobler country?
  I�ve learnt much from him of his brother,
and Sol�s affair with Allie Vernon.  The intimacy
is still continued; Sol visiting her.  The husband, I
suppose, is aware of it, and talks of going west.
She don�t want to go.      Alf thinks Sol would give it
up, but she won�t let him.          Eytinge is much
down upon Will Waud, and talked of liking him,
if he came to New York.  Says that Will took all
the money for a co-partnership lithograph, and
spent it in a summer suit in order to fascinate
Josey.   Will declares Sol threw up the job, and he
had all the trouble.    (Between them I suspect they
swindled the landlord of their office rent.)    Will stoutly
denies the Josey business, asserting that she played               
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