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Text for Page 193 [05-02-1860]

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	       Scandal about Morris.
shouldn�t can well conceive how the man, with all
his fine sentiment and amiability, might drift
into it � nay I can�t very well avoid crediting
it, corroborated as it is by certain hints of
his being �deceitful,� and her having �found him
out,� which she gave me.                 I don�t suppose
he used any specious arts to encompass the
weak and vicious purpose, as �squiring her to
places of entertainment, treating her &c, but
he asked her permission to share her bed.     He
is too timid and poor � perhaps too fastidious
to drain off his passions by such loose sluices
as Cahill and Bob Gun talked familiarly of
before him, yet their loose charter of life
has probably affected him to the attempting a
worse thing than they ever did.      The girl had
a great opinion of him, �he was so good� 
not unaffected by the usual feminine look-
out towards matrimony, which he never thought
of, unconsciously supposing his intellect put
that out of the question.        Perhaps now, she
has more than secretly forgiven the attempt.
But it was a damned thing to do, anyway,
and what men who think poorly enough of
themselves morally, would never have dreampt
of!           So much for fine sentiments, continence
and weakness.          No real virtue but is based               
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