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Text for Page 013 [06-05-1859]

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bial intercourse, both before and behind Jim�s
back.    When once Ed. Wells said carelessly he
�wasn�t fit for anything� she rejoined by some
such remark as: then she wouldn�t have him for
a bedfellow, or a husband, &c.   Wells stayed away
from the house for two or three weeks, inconsequence.
Of course Jim knows her accusation against his
friend from schooldays to be a lie: hence his
expressions of a wish that Fanny might see them to-
gether in Washington Square.     The woman�s be-
havior alone might prove this.     She behaves in
her wonted manner towards Haney for six months
subsequent to the alleged damning attempt, they
are the best friends in the world until the row
about my �Scalpel � article occurs, when � rip!
out flows the venom, like the flood of filth
following the lance thrust of the Red Cross Knight
through the beast Error, in Spenser.        A couple
of years ago I put down my involuntary retrospec-
tory suspicions of her relations with the nauseous
Dyer, suspicions which I subsequently scored 
out, as unbecoming my chronicling when visiting
the house.    I now find they had occurred
simultaneously to Haney also.     Dyer is that
style of man that he would want It and she
�� lustful, self willed, utterly unscrupulous,
what should check her from gratifying at once
her own bad passions and assuring herself, doubly               
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