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poohed down whether tacitly or openly.   One never
knows how much sense and goodness is in these gentle
souls till they are encouraged to speak � to assume a moiety
of that full equality which is their right.  Give a woman fair
play and you�ll know the best of her.         Sarah Conworth is
very sympathetic.   Talking incidentally of mothers, I set her
crying.   Again when, one day, moved by seeing her incessant
labor, I said, �Why Miss C. you make a perfect slave of your-
self,� she was so affected as to be unable to speak.        The
remark is simple truth.       A woman comes to the house once
a week or fortnight to do household drudgery, all the rest, 
cooking, arranging meals, washing up utensils, bed-making
&c falls to her Sarah�s share.          She has, literally, no so-
ciety.  At night, 7 o�clock, or so, she comes to that inevitable
melancholy yet indispensable resort of her sex � needlework,
and sews till bed-time to be roused by 5 next day to ano-
ther sixteen hours labor. �It is my duty!� she says, �and
it�s a pleasure to work for those we love.�    I hope to hea-
ven George will buy his farm, marry her, and treat
her well.        I fancy he uses a good deal of reserve towards
her.    A lover of some ten or fifteen years standing living
in the same house with his mistress should scarcely be so
taciturn.    He troubles me � I want to believe in him but
would find it easier to do so through the medium of cor-
respondence than intimacy.   He always writes morbidly,
professing extreme friendship for me, hoping for the time
when we shall be neighbors &c.     His letters are full of his
own plans and expectations � never do I remember his
taking thought of or interest in mine.   This sort of one-               
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