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no more real regard than springs from the 
attrition of intimacy.   Nelly will be in her mother�s
counterpart in the worser traits.   Grace is less tainted
� less affected by the heathenish way in which the girls
have been brought up.   What a world of protest is
there in her �Oh, mother! ��� sometimes when Fanny
is peculiarly Fernish.    She doesn�t scruple to tell slap-
dash lies before her daughters, being ready to turn on
the instant with a thousand expedients if they don�t pass
current.   She has keen wit enough � has but one fault �
that she is not a good woman.     The poor girls with
such an example before their eyes, no experience of
quieter homes and good, innocent, loving people in
them, don�t know what outr� things they do and say
� thinking them �funny.�   Grace, describing a drawing
room in the newly-taken house, will say to Sally Ed-
wards that it is �big enough for her to turn a somersault
in the drawing-room� &c � a mild instance.   Haney�s
experiment of uniting the two families has failed �
they can�t mix.    Instinctively the kind, right-minded
Edwards� girls see through the others, which would
set Fanny aflame with distrust and dislike.  And
Mrs Edwards detests her, I am sure, first on account
of her writings, secondly, because Jim married her �
doing it on the sly, forsooth, for he was really ashamed
of the act � thirdly, because they are and must be, in
this life, at least, radically antagonistic.   The women
who likes Thackeray of all writers cannot but be               
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