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Grace.                Sometimes Fanny is civil to Jack,
sometimes invisible.     She has always entertained
a distrust and dislike of the Edwards� famiy,
instinctively knowing that they could not be but an-
tagonistic towards her.       Two women more inherent-
ly averse to each other couldn�t exist than Mrs
Edwards and �Fanny Fern.�      I am pretty sure, too,
of a special incident which may have put a keener
edge on Mrs Edwards� hostility.    Parton was sup-
posed to have done a little philandering with Anne
Edwards, the eldest daughter of the family, (who
recently kept school at Elizabethtown in Jersey and
is now at Norfolk, Virginia,) a match between
them having been not improbable.      His unfortunate
intimacy with Fanny marred this.    With most other
men the woman would have failed in the characteresti-
cally coarse game she played.    They would have pre-
ferred continuing the peculiar relations which I am
sure existed between Parton and her to a marriage
with a divorced wife and one of most inenviable no-
toriety.                Hence Mrs Edwards is doubly
�down upon� Fanny, detesting her as a woman and
an authoress, and as one who has cut in and spoil-
ed the hand of 
a quasi daughter, for she Miss Anne is the result of
papa Edwards first marriage.      I don�t blame Mrs
E. for it.    As long as girls who don�t get married
have such a melancholy look out in life, all good               
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