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averse to Fanny Fern.              Pretty re-
cently I have learnt the particulars � some of them
� of Louisa Jacobs quitting the family.   There�s been
a world of lying about it.   It was feared that she
might offer a counter attraction to Grace!   Fanny
behaved to the girl with that infernal tyranny which
only women can practice towards one another.  Some-
times Louisa coming down to breakfast and catching
Parton or Grace�s eye first would bid them good mor-
ning before Fann offering the same salutation to Fanny,
when the woman would blaze into rage as, at a pre-
meditated insult; remind her of her position &c.   Alto-
gether the girl was humiliated, insulted; the house
made a hell for her.     After her departure � or ex-
pulsion, � Haney met her in Broadway, when she
seemed surprised that he should speak to her, and affect-
ed by it.     Where she is now, Heaven knows.   Grace
talked of a promise of correspondence but nothing came
of it.   Possibly the old serpent interfered.  (There�ll
be antagonism between mother and daughter some day
� hot and sharp, too!)      Now from Fanny�s own
account, she is under deep obligations to Louisa Jacobs
mother; the poor colored woman stuck by her through
all her much talked of pecuniary distresses.     But
what does she care when Self comes in, what becomes of
the girl!                                   I swear I�d never set
foot in the house any more, but for Parton!
  Charlotte Bronte and �Fanny Fern�!  the highest
and lowest of literary womanhood!    Why do people               
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