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once said something anent the lecture
and Grace and once yawned or gaped.   The
conclusion of the �poem� offered Doestickian ad-
vice to wooers, to the effect of commending ceaseless
persistence.    Bashfulness was scanted, if refuse
once, �ax� again next day, quoth Mort; if you
delay some other �feller� may step in and �cut you
out�: �she may change her mind on the way to
the church.�     I put this down only for the live
accompaniment.      When Mort was at an appro-
priate juncture, Haney declares he heard a clap
of approbation proceeding from the pudgy hand
of little Nast.   He would sit open mouthed, swal-
lowing all Mort�s teachings as gospel and resol-
ving to act upon them.     Furthermore Haney
supposed that certain of these lines were level-
ed at his presumed aspirations towards Grace
Eldredge.    One of the lies started by Fanny
in her attempt to not only break the friendship
between her husband and Haney, but to damn
him in the estimation of the Edwards� was the
assertion that he had boasted, at his board-
ing-house (!) of his being engaged to Grace.
This she told Mrs Edwards.    Now it is
not at all improbable that Mort Thomson be-
lieves this story and paraded his presumed triumph
of his supposed rival in this poem.   Like the
old woman, he always draws on events and               
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