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bits of cheerless philosophy based on want of faith
in humanity.    When he laughs he hisses.  (I have always
been disturbed by this, even during our boy days.)   He is
very taciturn.      All this family are so, for that matter,
and I, who love cheery talk, perhaps all the more because
I don�t get too much of it, have felt as though I were in-
dulging in a monologue over the dinner table.  Country
people are ordinarily taciturn; here however is another
cause � the narrow mindedness evolved by straitened life.
George can work well and make no noise about it, is
honest, and independent.   It may be that, hindrances re-
moved, he�ll branch out into a capital fellow. But I
with he were kinder to the girl and didn�t revolve so much
on self.     John Conworth he talks of as sunk into a mer-
Canadian farmer, only intent on his crops and making
money, dreading to spend a shilling.   The Tews came up
to the hosue with �Come, John, you know what I came for
� a horn of whiskey.�       This whiskey is the universal
Canadian drink, a cheap spirit � costing a shilling a gal-
lon � not bad though.  John doesn�t drink anything but
coffee, nor do the rest of the family.  George declares
that the old gentleman would enjoy his tod nocturnally, but
that he abstains, on the principle of it�s costing money and
his being able to do without it.        Sarah brought out the de-
canter every night, and I tried to get the old man to
partake, but he wouldn�t.    He goes abroad for little
walks and picks up sticks in the day time.         John, to
me, is good humored and passively hospitable.   He�s
abroad all day, says little, reads less, and goes to bed               
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