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vants in the morning and helping them to carry
up coals at sunset.   She sits beside Leslie at
table, comes tapping at his door of evenings, says
and does the rudest things.  He threatened to kiss
her once. �Then I�ll kiss you,� said she.  Mention-
ing some pretty girl�s passing, at the window, he
was questioned thus by Miss Precocity �Wouldn�t
you like to have her?�  This rather dashed my
tall Scotch friend.   He has no scruple in ascribing
some of this horse of a girl�s proceedings to rather
precocious desires.  �I�m so sleepy� said she, in
his room, one night � �wouldn�t you like to go to bed
with me?�    This is rather startling, being as he
says �an actual fact.�     He asked her what he should
want to go to bed with her for.               The girl
seems to be under no sort of control � to be let
run wild.        She is so down right and good natured
with all her rudeness that one is loth to augur
ill to her, but, by Jove, if this sort of thing goes
on, she�ll come to grief, some day in such an in-
fernal city as New York.         She�s tall, has a 
not at all uncomely face (which her quasi step-
mother idiotically supposes the very image of the
Empress Eugenie! � the woman, really, told Mrs
Church that they didn�t get the girl�s photograph
because the portraits of the wife of Louis Napoleon
would answer for the same!) � plump shoulders
and bust, too much displayed by her low-necked,               
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