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accidentally mentioned to Mrs P. that his sister was in
New York and that he was going to call on her.   In fact the whole
family went strongly for the match.  I don�t think it could have
been effected anyway, but it might have been rendered so impending
that Leslie would have found it extremely awkward to back out of.
If the little girl, when she told Leslie all Mrs Gouverneur�s cackle
about them to old Miss Sturgis (the Brooks having the next room
and overhearing it all) � had made more of a scene of it, cried 
&c  he�d have been so affected with the idea of his being the cause �
innocent little girl � fond of him � slanderous tongues &c &c �
that he�d have kissed her, put his arm round her waist and com-
mitted himself inevitably. (He did the two former items by the
bye.)  But the little girl was to bold for discretion and not bold
enough for success.   Anyway had this occurred, and the old lady
looked ever to maternally-in-lawish at Leslie, when they return-
ed to the country he�d have broken off � even at the risk of a breach
of promise suit.   For then his hard Scottish common sense would
have woke up from the nap into which little Nina�s blandishments
had thrown it.  I don�t think there�s any great damage done on
either side.  Its all rot about hearts being trifled with in nine
our of ten such cases.    The little girl wanted to be married �
Leslie was very available � rich, a young man, a good fellow
enough � but as she was 23 (everybody was sold by her dimi-
nutiveness, as to her age) � I suppose she�d had her little
affairs of the heart before, and got well over them.   There�s no
twaddle more trashy than that folks talk of girls being all soft,
undefended sensibility, as if a man had but to say �my dear�
to �em, and their hearts were gone � pop � instantly!
  Drawing.  To Bellew�s in the evening for half an hour or so,               
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