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she is totally incapable of accepting the little daily
tribulations of life without a world of comment, has no
power of retention or quiet self-respect, indulges in squab-
bles with her husband without any disguise, and always
has innumerable stories to tell you of her neighbours,
with whom she�s perpetually in rows.   They always turn
out to be the meanest of people. (This time I was favour-
ed with the relation of how she, to oblige her former land-
lady � whom she had used to quarrel with � had borrow-
ed a black dress of Miss Barr, to help figg somebody out
in costume for attendance at a funeral; how it was
returned torn and muddied, and of the jolly row
which ensued among the women in consequence.   Women
do queer things.   Fancy a man borrowing a pair of pants
from a neighbour, in order to lend �em to somebody else,
for that somebody to go to a funeral in!  /  However Mrs
P. is always extremely hospitable and friendly to me, so I like
her.  Frank, too, sins in the same way � little tiffs make him
swear and blow up.   The mischief of this is, both, though
really fond of each other, acquire an indefinite sense of disap-
pointment in marriage.   I have noticed this both in him and
her.   She has contrasted him before and after, disadvanta-
geously, in appearance and behavior.                     Stayed
all night, they making me up a floor bed in the parlor.
  7.  Saturday.   Return to New York with Pounden.   In
Broadway met Wood hurrying to get bail for Frank Leslie�s
who had been arrested again for libel about the Swill Milk
business.    Down town by 4, to his office, in the hope to get
some money.  Didn�t.    Found Bellew, Thomson, Sol               
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