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Text for Page 015 [06-05-1859]

ing to palliate her doings, does not occupy
a too high position in the story.    I believe
he did, perhaps does love her after a sort, and
married her partly because he knew their inti-
macy was wrong.   �I know it�s wrong!� he let
out, one evening, to me, when I had been blazing
away against her infernal writings over a mug
of lager in a Broadway saloon (a subterranean
one) �when I kiss her ��� and he broke off.
Yet � now I�m going to put down what may be
a mean suspicion of him, on my part � I do
think other motives consciously or unconsciously,
bore their part in inducing the marriage.     Item.
He was tired and sick of boarding-house discom-
fort.   Item. He has passions, which he saw no
no very present means of assuaging by marriage
with some girl whom he could have honored and
loved and which he didn�t like to let flow into
the puddles which lie in men�s way in a great
city.        ��� In view of the choice of evils, per-
haps he had better chosen less depraved though
commoner ware than Fanny Fern.     Few poor
street harlots could achieve her intrinsic wicked-
ness!        But what need of choosing either?
  To Chapins, joining Haney at Edwards� subse-
quently, and then walking home with him.
  6.  Monday.  Books arrived from Paterson.
Chores and writing.  Down town in the afternoon,               
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