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	       Her talk and confidences.
with Alleyne was legal � effected by an Episcopal
clergyman.           Her mother resides at Fordham,
not with her.     Morse thinks less of her � his wife�s
intellect than her daughter�s now � �thinks very highly
of me,� says Lotty.       �I let him triumph, when
he beat me at cards, and didn�t answer when
he said things at my expense!� quoth she, reckon-
ing up her papa-in-law with a good deal of shrewd-
ness, and when I put his character into a sen-
tence, acquiescing with, �That�s just what he is.�
The man is lazy, selfish, Epicurean, likes to
have the credit of intellect and to be made comfort-
able.      And Lotty can be delightful enough, and
shrewdly tickle his and others vanity, I know,
though the little Bohemienne resented my ironic com-
ment on it. �What must you think of me?� she
said.       I was franker than usual with her, and
she stood a good deal of truth-telling, all things
considered.   �I was a child!� she urged, when
I wouldn�t allow that her first marriage and
all the bedrabblement which followed was owing
to misfortune and the misconduct of others; �Tom
you don�t know me!�          Maybe not, and after
all we do know but little of each other, Lotty!
I like the brown-eyed little woman�s shrewdness
and can well believe she has got the mastery over
her weaker-natured kinsfolk.              Her father               
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