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Text for Page 053 [02-13-1860]

	On the eve of Nast�s Departure.
in the world, he would find there were other girls
in it.        I doubted the continuance of his passion,
if a year of absence intervened, when it must be
fed by no more than letters.      That pecuniary
success, which I predicted for him, often in-
creased the self-esteem of ignorant men, when
they were capable of becoming arrant despots,
none the less so because they had hertofore been
obliged to repress their egotism, or to modify
it by an alloy of humility.     That woman�s wit
didn�t always rule in such matches; that al-
ways it was a dangerous experiment for a woman
to intentionally select one her inferior, believing
that his affection for her might put a ring in
his nose, by which she could lead him through
life as tenderly as asses are.         With more of
the same sort.    Finally I advised her to let
him depart, herself uncommitted; if his pas-
sion held trial, well, if not, not.
  Sally listened pretty calmly.  I think her
cheeks flushed and her hands trembled once
or twice, but the former is often the case with
her.      She was good humored, non-committal
�as I expected � and discussed little Nast
with a coolness which she certainly could not
have maintained, had she any real affection
for him.     �Well?� she said, more than once,               
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