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the elder does a little sarcasm at the other�s
expense. / Haney has been hurt a good deal and
suffered from it.      The frustration of a long cherish-
ed hope, the development of new and not pleasant
phases of character, jealousy � for there is and must
be something of that � of one so much his inferior,
the suspicion that the girl is content to whistle him
down the wind to take up with one on the lower and
meaner grounds of assurance of queening it over him
� all these things have been fermenting and seething
miserably enough within him.     Some of his evidences
seemed cruelly pertinent.        Sally, after the rejection,
asked him what he thought of Nast; in effect whether
Thomas would �do.�       This betokened lack of feeling,
not to say selfishness.        On the memorable Fourth
of July excursion he, Haney had strayed off alone
among the trees and mountains with Sally, he �in
an absurd state of happiness� at the propinquity,
when she contrived to end it by slipping off and
re-joining Nast.     That must have been bitter enough.
Haney acknowledges ^|his| error in playing pedagogue, as
I termed it, but with a strong gush of feeling
anent the girls power over him, which I could well
understand.    He should have trusted to teaching
her to love him after avowal; women make infinite
progress in affection then, when they recognize love
and intellect in their teacher.             My judgment of
Sally is that she will become a rather sharp-tem-               
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