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Text for Page 218 [05-02-1859]

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and Jim�s feelings somehow spared!  then
would I give the world a detail picture of what it
ought to know.    It�ll be done someday! it must
be!  perhaps by some entire stranger to her, who will
construct her out of her horrible books.        If I ven-
tured a prediction as to Fanny Fern�s future, it
would be that she will die raving mad.    Her hellish
tempers with husband and children verge on insanity
now, sometimes.          Here are other productions, of
Haney�s.    I put them down that they may be compared
with the event.        That there will be a deadly quarrel
between Mort Thomson�s mother and Fanny, after
the marriage.   That there will be discord between him
and his wife.   That he will hate his mother in law.
That mother and daughter will quarrel and hate
with the hate of hell.         All of which is over-likely
to happen.    Grace is as good as she knows how to
be considering the bad Willis blood in her, has a far
better notion of decency and propriety than her mother,
but she is resentful of small things, prone to dis-
cover affronts in them, incapable of seeing that forgive-
ness is not mean, but beautiful and womanly, fickle,
prone to the damnable exaggeration of act and speech
of her mother. (Nelly is horribly, precociously like her
dam.)      I think if Mort had a stronger backbone to
his soul than he possesses, if he cut his mother-in-law
prompty on the marriage, he might get along pretty
well with Grace.                I verily believe the match enter-               
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