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	Boweryem�s Susceptibility.
pretty face, a pure and rather sweet voice
when she sings, goes to church, condemns danc-
ing and theatres and don�t take Sunday after-
noon walks, because �common people� are abroad
then.        She is not too good-tempered, I think;
has the Yankee self-assertion to the usual �young-
lady� extent of ill-breeding, says complimentary
things to you, talks girl-commonplaces with an
air of virtue and is good enough, all things considered.
Her piety, as that of her class, is like the pad-
ding in feminine dress; it fills up vacancy.
Her sister, less good-looking, without the religion,
is, I fancy, the least pretentious of the two.
  Little Boweryem is in love in his cock-spar-
row way with Miss Lizzie as with Miss
Mary Buckley � as with Lotty!!!  It�s half
or three quarter�s approbativeness, with the rest
of sensibility towards women.     And during each
little passion he is actuated by all the attendants
of the real thing � jealousy, envy, what not!
But he is easily offended and � cured!
  Morris has something of the same capacity for
doing the tenderly-approbative with women.  But
his line is peculiar and characteristic.        He �jerks
around� as Cahill would say, �his noble senti-
ments, reads poetry to �em, lends �em books,
(his writings or Hawthorne�s, which latter they               
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