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of his opinion of her, searches about for
reasons for the same, being altogether tossed about
on a sea of incertitude, from which he has
taken refuge in the harbor of renunciation.    Sally
was sick, kept her bed for three days and more
subsequently, Blakeman attending on her.   This
prevented her from accompanying Haney, Mattie
and myself to Mort Thomson�s �versified lec-
ture, � the particulars of which I�ll shortly put
down, as its delivery more or less influenced
certain of the listeners.     Sally does not love Haney
I am sure, albeit her consciousness of his intel-
lectual superiority to others of her wooers, his
long intimacy and extreme (though not altogether
unselfish) regard for the family might have in-
duced his acceptation, but for her fear that
his affection would be exacting, would demand
more than she can give in return.   There she
is right enough.    Had he not played sulky
anent our Fourth of July business and the
Grafton Centre ruralizing, had she acted simp-
ly from girlish instincts, it would have been
a march.  But his knowing them from childhood
added to a natural habit of playing pedagogue
(which I�ve heard him admit) combined with
Sally�s reading Thackeray, her habits of reflec-
tion, convincing her that it might be a very
real responsible business, this of marrying,               
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