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Text for Page 094 [01-25-1859]

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and night.   There�s just a spice of mammon-
worship in this, though, and much more in Mrs
Potter.     Not that they really expect to get anything out
of the woman, they know her meanness and selfish-
ness too well � but still she is a rich woman.    Miss
C. honestly confesses she would like to be married
� doubtless, naturally, hopes yet to be so, though the
chances are dead against her, for she is poor, not
young � especially for America � not brilliant, nor 
accomplished.   I think she has concluded that if a
husband is to be had, it is only by dint of steady,
perpetual, martyrising persistence in amiability.  She
carries this out so, that though it may be unjust, you
can�t help suspecting its entire genuineness.  You would
be relieved if g she would only dissent from you.
I recollect catching one trait of nature � thoroughly
feminine in its way � clean contrary to her usual
r�le, at Niagara.     Talking of Weighty Griffin, she
said �I wonder everybody calls her pretty � why she
hasn�t a good feature in her countenance,� and then
criticized it in detail.    Now there was truth, really,
in what she said, yet Weighty is pretty for all that
� the expression of her features, her youth, hair, plump
plumpness and manner justifying the popular impres-
sion.       I don�t wonder that poor Lucia, without any
prospect of being married, should revel in her woman�s
heart at the loose praises bestowed on perhaps a 
shallower person.     I didn�t feel inclined to laugh               
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