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her, but is aware now.   There�s been no divorce
or attempt at any on her or Whytal�s part.   He
can�t sue, she says, as she did something towards
charging him with cruelty or abandonment.   He was �a
low, mean-spirited, malicious man,� and would
punch her, in company, �till she was black and blue
all over � knowing �her spirit� was such that she
would not complain.  (??)    She has kept Alleyne for
two years, doesn�t love him, has �never loved any body
yet.�  He has had a good education, puts it to no use,
has that �dirty English pride� which inclines him to be-
lieve that it is less degradation to get in debt or sponge
than turn his hand to this and that.    He is a drunkard,
too.     She has now told him that he must reform, must
get something to do as she will keep him no longer, 
granting six months as her ultimatum for washing
her blackamoor white.    Thus Lotty.     Of course there
are other sides to the story, yet I am inclined to
think the wretched girl as much sinned against as
sinning.    The morphine story tallies a little with
what I have heard heretofore, though her waywardness
sometimes inclined her so towards Whytal that I should
scarcely have supposed he needed to resort to so odious
an expedient. (There was that squat little squirt of a
Dan Dodd too, whom she now mentions with contempt
� contempt only � there would be rage if �� no!  Lotty
I can�t suspect you there!)             What is she like now?
Well very little altered from the time when I first               
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