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Text for Page 039 [12-11-1858]

make her mind easy!�  This she did, intending
all the time to pay Mrs Potter, but the poverty-begot-
ten instinct about the possession of money prompted her
to act thus unwisely and selfishly.    It�s a game of self
all round in the Pounden family.  Father and mother
were both agreed in the idea that �Frank� ought to bring
his wages to them, to contract a marriage with a heiress
(!!!) and generally immolate himself, especially, to his
odious father.  The mother set her face against Pounden�s
honest, sharp-tempered, voluble Yankee wife, from the out-
set, ordered ^|her| about like a servant, was always carping
and commenting in her pleasant Irish way and generally
behaved in a femininely-irrational manner.   The father
hinted that the mother was a strumpet and the child
a bastard and went lying about him everywhere. Now
Frank Pounden (a little, cocky, well meaning, hospitable,
shrewdish, business-like-fellow with a devilish good
opinion of himself) on hearing his mothers exodus
from 132 Bleecker, meets Leslie and declares that
Mrs Potter has �behaved very badly� to her.  Which, of
course, he ventilates at the breakfast table.  And then
the women vilify the Pounden family generally!    Poun-
den pere must be kept by his wife.  He is loafing about,
drunk in bar rooms, said to be sick &c, still.
  There is no dirtier pride than that of your people who
have been better off.   Every favor done to them they recog-
nize as a right, proferred by beings of inferior station.
I have heard, too, Mrs Pounden say she �never expected               
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