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dy�s father his bequeathing him money would be
readily accounted for.    I believe the woman�s first
husband was much absent from and died away from
her.   She sinks all mention of him.  The youths are
as unlike physiognomically as mentally.  Rawson plain-
featured, very much freckled and emphatically homely,
Gladdy with lightish curling hair, and but for his puf-
finess of aspect rather well favored, though he was much
handsomer three years back.      Rawson unobtrusive,
mum, habitually self-reticent, Gladdy sapeonaceous,
specious, false, addicted to impudent fawnings on older
persons to an extent I never saw equaled by one of
his years.    He will coax and flatter and embrace his
mother in the most odiously hypocritical way before others.
He is dishonest, too, and in answer to his brothers re-
monstrance about his not returning a fiddle to a shop
he had obtained it from, said �they didn�t know where
he lived.�  His caressing air with women, will I opine,
lead to mischief when he grows older.   He is almost
wholly uneducated and inherently idle.     Rawson, as
far as I can judge, is doing his best.   If his worthless
mother would give him the chance of applying himself to
studying medecine, as he is endeavouring to do, I have
no doubt he would apply to it, hard and fast.  He
knows she does not love him, knows she is unfit to 
rule either of her children.    Bitter knowledge for a
young man to carry about with him in lonely walks
at night about the streets of a great city!  I am               
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