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he tarrying outside.   Haney and Rawson in
the former room.  Rejoined Cahill and sat
in the leafy Washington Square awhile.      To Cha-
pin�s in the evening, then to Edwards�.   In the
Square again nocturnally with Haney.    He has
only seen Parton accidentally in Broadway since
our Sunday�s supper.   I fancy there�s just-past�-
a trifle of the Wells-and-Thomson one-sidedness in
this friendship betwixt Haney and Parton.  Haney
believes in him wholly, has, since he went to school
to him.   Yet Parton got married on the sly, not
communicating with his friend and believer.  There
is, too, something highly suggestive in Parton�s appre-
hension, on Levison�s death, that Haney might marry
the widow.      I never told Haney this, or would.
But it argues more than philanthropic persistence
in belief in the inherent goodness of human nature
and Fanny Fern, does Parton�s marriage, es-
pecially when coupled with the suspicion that another
man might contract almost as hateful a union
with a woman his superior in fortune, as Fanny
was to Parton�s.    He knew what Mrs Levison
was well enough, yet could suppose the marriage
possible.    I never did for a moment.     I believe
Parton was wearied of boarding-house discomforts,
of compulsory celibacy or rather illegal indulgence.
Better both than such a marriage.     These considera-
tions may appear to conflict with the other, generous               
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