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borrow something, as books, envelopes,
cents &c (generally failing in each) and as-
ked a thousand impertinent questions.     She
hooked a book once, when I came down upon
her sharply and forbade future visits.     The
like familiarities she extended throughout the
house, partly actuated by her own impudence,
partly no doubt by the instructions of her step-
mother.   That gluttonous, ignorant, low-natu-
red misplaced washerwoman (who possesses dia-
monds! the women say) piques herself on �finding
out� all about things.   When she goes to a water-
ing place hotel, she affirms that she always
visits the kitchens &c, sits up at night in or-
der to watch �what�s going on � � wouldn�t go to
sleep on any account!      Old Bradbury beyond
being a wretched old bore in a smooth and pain-
fully palpable wig, addicted to tipsyfying him-
self down town of mornings and talking the drear-
iest and most inconclusive jobations in a broad
Yorkshire dialect, chiefly dispraise of American
and laudation of the dry-goods business as car-
ried in thirty years ago � beyond all this he
is harmless.        Well, step mother or daughter
got to tattling with the woman-half of a quiet
couple, a German with an English wife, who
don�t show at table, rendering said woman
half dissatisfied about the price paid for board,               
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