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at our table for some time, and the woman has an ex-
tensive outer reputation.    A friend of Arnold�s went to her
and came back perfectly converted � said she told him all
his life �gave him hell� &c � for his misdeeds.   Well, one
evening I went.   It was a dead failure, and I formed a
very unequivocal opinion as to the woman�s character.  The
business consists of incoherent nonsense, guess work, free love
jargon and outrageous obscenity � spiced higher or lower
according to the auditor.       Well, I let out enough, at table,
of the result of my visit to convince Mrs P. that it would
n�t be �proper� to simper and cut jokes about �such a woman
as that� � so, ever since, she has decared with an air of
great wisdom �that her mind�s quite made up about Spirit-
ualism!�   Your very proper, respectable people like a
taste of the nasty occasionally � and especially to snuff
about the edge of it.     As for superstition there�s not a woman
in this house (except perhaps Mrs Church) that hasn�t
had her fortune told.       Mrs Gouverneur went to, I don�t
know how many fortune-tellers, and Mrs Potter with her.
  5.  Wednesday.  A letter from Hannah.   How love has
developed and deepened her nature.  She writes womanly, ear-
nestly, with strong sense and judgment of those about her.  She
has been at books too, at my suggestion no less than her own
inclination.    For news �that chit� Edwin Bolton has got married
to unknown to his friends to a poor young Banbury dress-maker
who is likely to become a mother.      In doors all the misera-
bly wet day, writing, doggedly.   Out of sorts.
  6.  Thursday.  Wet again continuously.  Down to to the
Post Office, coming back all-bemired to work.  A repetition of               
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