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vague idea that she mayn�t have an opportunity.
As or Mort, he felt poor Chips� death extremely at
the time � is lonely, and though an amiable fellow,
not much beyond it.     He is sympathetic and material
istic � his young wife gone, he looks about to replace
her, like a true Yankee.    He hasn�t strong individuality
of character, doesn�t think down to the root of any-
thing, cannot live in daily duties and not altogether
sorrowful retrospection of the poor dead child who loved
him to the extent of her nature, for a decent year or
two.   Moreover he don�t know any better than to
believe in Fanny Fern.                        I�m not going
to use any more repression about the woman.   My
first instincts towards her � dislike and repugnance
� were the true ones.    One, naturally, hates to nourish
distrust towards a person whose hospitality you are ac-
cepting, and struggles to accept her favorably � but
the infernal ineradicable taint in the cursed Willis
blood is too palpable.  She is slowly killing Jim
Parton.   There�s the miserablest tragedy going on in
that house, day by day.  Oh the folly he committed
in marrying her!    I can tell how it grew: first
pity for her presumed misfortunes, then a liking 
for some of her sentiments which touched him particular
ly, then �� she did the rest.     Finding a man of 
far higher intellect than herself who believed in her to
the extent of investing himself in her, she annexed him.
She loves him only as he ministers to her infernal self               
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