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says, seem to take it coolly enough; as
perhaps, why shouldn�t they.     Their father uses
oaths and brothel-phrases before them; they know
he gave their mother a loathsome disease during the
time they lived together; that he lives now in open
adultery with a sllatternly drab whom he calls his
housekeeper, that he is a mere loafer and blackguard,
in conduct.     Not that they view it in so severe (or
rather just) a light, for they walk with him, cut jokes
with him and admit his visits.  Mrs Jewell thinks the
brute can be a gentleman (!!!) when he likes and that
he �writes a good letter.�   As if any man who could be
a gentleman would wish to be other wise.     For his powers
of composition, Waud kept some of his letters to show
me as curiosities in the way of dislocated English, 
conceit, platitudes and idiocy.   The mans face is an
odious one, he has eyes like bullets and a villainous
throat that (like Pecksniffs on a certain occasion) looks
as if a halter would do it good.               Thinking of all
this and of the extreme shallowness of their mother,
how is it possible that these poor girls could have been
begotten or brought up better?                        Alf reports
of Will Waud that he probably seduced the little girl
who is now his wife � if it were worthy of being denomi-
nated a seduction � expecting that �no consequence� would
follow, owing to her extreme youth     He liked his �little
enjoyments� at his boarding-house, and then being �made
comfortable� and having no money to clear our with by
paying his passage to England, and knowing that               
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