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Text for Page 198 [04-25-1859]

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in Heaven! says Haney, who believes that
Parton will let her do it.     He makes excuses for
her, defends her!    There have been frightful scenes
between them!  Her �headaches,� when she is invisible
are either the excuses for or the result of indulgences
in her hellish temper.   If ever woman were possessed
of a devil, that woman is Fanny Fern.    Whenever
Parton visits the Edwards�, his kind, good relatives,
he pays for it afterwards by a row.    The woman has
tried to cut him off from Haney, his life long friend,
who loves him as much as one man can love another,
but this raises the blaze of divine wrath at all wrong
and meanness which is in the man � so far she may
go, but no further.   How, at times, she must hate
him, herself, everybody, for her inability to grind ever-
body to dust with her devilish selfishness!    Withal she
is as wretched a woman as the sun shines upon.   She
would give body and soul to be believed in, to be loved,
but can bear no true thing to approach her without
hating it with the hate of hell or making it a vic-
tim.    Damn her!    To think of Parton being slowly
murdered thus!      Oh! the wickedest and fellest things
that occur on this planet are not those which lift
Mrs Grundy�s hour, which make a great outcry and
scandal, but the silent, slow crimes in which the
victim dies and makes no sign.       �� To be a
looker-on at such a tragedy, and be unable to
help!   It would be separating man and wife � man               
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