have tyrannized over and sneered at her.
He has his deserts in being linked to a selfish
woman who married him for her own uses and
keeps his nose to the grindstone. Mort
is one of that class who can get along very well
without individual friendships. If friend or wife
move off the board, they �go to a coffee-house and
take another.� Yet his amiable qualities incline
folks to get up a belief in him wholly dispropor-
tioned to his merits. �Twas curious to observe
how he absorbed Ed. Wells, unquestionably a supe-
rior man to himself. He used to cut jokes at
Wells� expense, to call him �Jane� etc. Wells accep-
ting it and loyally believing in him as though nothing
were more natural. Such one-sided friendships
are common. I experienced more than one myself
in my boy days. Bill Jones was my Steerforth
� my admirable Crichton for a long time. When
I think of him now � what he was � how ludri-
cous and yet how touching does it appear!
�� Vale Mort. for the present. [Phonography] and writing
all the evening. If I hold on I may be a
thorough [unclear word] in six months � by the time I com-
plete another of these volumes.
Am I getting nearer to you, Hannah?