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Text for Page 027 [12-02-1858]

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being changed, the cooks proving a perfect procession
of incapables.     Most of them mar good victuals in the
most awfully Irish style.     Some sham sick in the first
or second day of their engagement � a Celtic
way of discharging themselves, amounting to a national
trait.       They haven�t courage enough to say they want
to go, so resort to cunning, as all slavish natures do.
Only two or three weeks back, Mrs Edward�s Irish servant
girl deserted them in a similarly characteristic manner.
She �went out for a walk� one evening, and sent a friend to
inform the family she shouldn�t come back, as she was
going to be married!  Had removed her luggage, secretly,
before hand!    Had Mrs E. known of it she would, 
so far from objecting, assisted the girl in life.      I think
this so intensely Irish that it�s worth putting down.   To
return to Mrs P.     Her idea of happiness centres in pas-
sivity and charitable dillentante-ism.    She would be well
content to devote herself to some City Mission &c � has
belonged to such heretofore.    She has a mild pride in never
having been to a theatre, thinking, probably, it will be
put down to her credit by the recording angel.  She
has the usual American woman�s notions about Tem-
perance, and in argument retrenches herself in impreg-
nable repetition.  Ordinarily she is very good-humored
and placable, letting the incapables have much of their
own way, unless their insolence fires her Irish blood,
when she is capable of summary action.  She is not
entirely veracious.  (Mrs Church is the only woman               
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