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ever vulgar, though occasionally boisterous.
She had no great education, like the rest of the
family, but her natural quickness of parts enabled
her to do more than pass muster.          She was
generous and approbative, a coquette by nature,
as how could she avoid being, with her beauty
and lack of culture?       I don�t think she ever
loved me, or felt more than was provoked by
my extreme passion and pertinacious pursuit of
her.       That touched her into a sort of recipro-
cation.      The religion didn�t better her nature,
which became moulded by it.        She could never
get over my heterodoxy about hell-fire, and that
parted us.        I think of her not often and
without pain; though sometimes with a twinge
of regret for the irrevocable past and innocent
days of youth gone by for ever � but that�s
all.      I know Hannah is the nobler and deeper
nature, that she loves me more than Mary Bil-
ton ever did, that she must be, by this time,
quite an old maid � for I don�t think she
has got married � I never can suppose that
somehow, I would give a good deal to talk
with some one who knows the family and obtain
news of her.         That�ll come someday, though
probably I shall never see her again in this
world.               After all it�s a sad business,               
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