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less painful to experience, when you have been
getting up the kindest big brotherly feelings towards
them.     Haney who has almost known them from
baby-hood, who of late years had spent all
his evenings at their house, feeling the change 
of relations more keenly than I, who have been
now sparing of the indulgence.    Then, too, what
ever little romances I may build up about people,
(and men never cease to do so about youth and
beauty) directly I�m removed from the fascina-
tion of intercourse, I have a habit of thinking 
down to the truth or what I take to be the truth.
He has been too much with them, the which I incli-
ned to, but resisted of late.     Matty helped me
to un-angelify her, which, in a big brotherly
way, I was a little inclined to, by little develop-
ments, showing that she rather presumed on her
beauty, could be guilty of little rudenesses, and,
worst of all, had a spice of the damned Yankee
habit of imagining and resenting trifles.    Sally, being
less pretty, thinks less of her own consequence.   For
Eliza, she�s too young, almost, to be �counted in.� (Sally
is 18, Matty 16 � or 16 1/2, I�ve mis-stated the age of one
or both, heretofore.)       Well, the discovery comes
hard upon Haney, who really had a right to more
consideration; though he said and I agreed
that the plague of the thing was the girls were
right and we � old Fools!!       He wore such               
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