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ishness and vanity.   She is as incapable of
rising to his level as a ditch-born fog reaching
the planet Jupiter.    She has no quiet affection to
bestow upon any living creature, only a she-rowdyish
simulation of it.        Almost insufferable when in good
humor, what must she be in bad?        I have seen
small displays of her temper and can imagine the
hell she would create when her vanity or selfish-
ness were touched � herself the wretchedest creature
in it!     For she has an unquiet conscience and all
her attacks on women grow out of an ever-present
hatred that they instinctively know what she is. How
she must have lied too, in those cannibal books
of hers, serving up father, husbands, brothers
&c.  How well one can understand why they could
not tolerate her � how a knowledge of her half justi-
fies them.       The woman who could idealize the loath-
some Dyer � parasite as he is � into the heroic
John Walter � what is she not capable of?   A man�s
prime excellence, in her opinion, lies in his thorough
subserviency to her.   Dare to question her perfection
and prepare for war to the knife!     She prefers men
to women because she thinks they are more easily gulled by a woman
� blunter-witted; which is generally true. (Attraction
of sex &c, but only on the Steerforth principle � desire
of shining, of applause.   She will coax you, and pet
you, chaff and rally you, stir you up � all with               
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