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Text for Page 098 [03-11-1858]

impregnable repetition � against which the Gods are
powerless.   She is exceedingly narrow-minded, as may well
be, considering her life.   Practically, like most persons, she is
a great deal better than her creed.   Fun and humor she don�t 
like � in common with most of her sex, whom it generally
startles, they�re not quite sure it�s proper � preferring a
little mild, conventional, summering badinage.  She can hold
her tongue at the dictation of prudence, but has a spice of
hot temper in the rear of it, and relishes a gossip.  She is
scrupulously honest and independent and, like all boarding-
house people, has been awfully swindled.  She hasn�t much
education, talks ungrammatically and gets Miss Sturgis to
look over her written letters before sending them off.   She don�t
go to church but thinks it right to do so.   She talks, natu-
rally enough, of the wearisomeness of an existence spent in cater-
ing for people�s appetites.  She says she don�t want to get
married, is not ill-pleased at the suggestion of its probability
and there�s a mild standing jocularity with respect to a Califor-
nian friend who corresponds with her � to shield herself from
which she has ventured on an innocent flam about his being
married.  She suspects men of a normal inclination towards
inebriety. (When I first came to this house, being miserable
and nervous to the last degree, she fancied I got drunk, 
privately � this she subsequently told me.    I think her
idea of happiness centres in passivity.   She does her duty in
life, and practically is a good and pretty consistent woman.
�Doesticks� and Cahill up at night.  Mort inquiring about Allie
Vernon.  He�d been to Partons and Fanny had told him
Allie wasn�t Sol�s wife.  Whereupon, going home, his dear               
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