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wants to come to some North River place adja-
cent to New York to reside � Brooklyn wouldn�t do, as
he �steadily resolves to make no acquaintances.�  Talking
of the Jewell family he remarks, that considering the father
they had, it is a wonder that the girls didn�t turn out
prostitutes. (Probably it is.)    Evidently (and naturally)
he tries to think as well of them as possible, being secretly
conscious that his chosen companion for life, being of the
same blood must partake of the same nature.          They
are, truly, from an American point of view (a cursedly
low one) very good sort of people.  They � always excepting
the beast of a father � are nowise vicious, very good in-
tentioned, but extremely ignorant and shallow.   They
have never known any standard of decent social life,
or what in England is regarded as such.        Here it�s
all right, or very little amiss, for a husband to quar-
ter his wife for a week or so in his parents family,
while he loafs or drinks, to visit her at her mother�s,
take lodgings with her, drop her, resume her again,
and so on, like the thief Sexton.   Here a girl may
have her half-dozen �beaux� to drop in at her mother�s
house of evenings, to trot her out to balls, theatres, and
ice-cream saloons; or out on the Avenues; may let more
than one of �em kiss her, may talk self willed frivolity
mistaking it for sprightliness, may outrage all civilized
ideas of culture and refinement, and yet be quite an
orthodox young lady, too.   I don�t say that poor Selina
has done all this.         But old beaux do come to see
her now, of evenings, after her marriage.  They, Alf               
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