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Text for Page 083 [04-22-1851]

              there a red hell-glare on them, distant hands rising, as belonging to bodies
in torment.    A huge wild bear�s jaws closed on the left arm of the figure, on
the body were wounds; � and to the right was a strange beast half rat half dog,
with horn, and thick, short, red, cloven tongue.   Below rose a gigantic head
of black hair, nought but the black visible.    A negroes head with bloody eyeballs
and lips, like a mask hiding a dumb demon was beside it, and another head
with claw on�t and horror-stricken look.  And a great writhing caterpillar,
and in the distance, wild birds.   A strange picture, yet not half so horrible as
the head of one of Michael Angelo�s devils in the Sixtine Chapel fresco 
  23. Wednesday. Sitting drawing at Genin�s caps and Porcupinish sketches
when Homer Hall coming in, invites me to a drive out on the Avenues. So
the day being all sunshine and blue sky, entred the �buggy� and off.
Much the same route as when with Cross, but fewer equipages on the
roads, and ending at the High Bridge, as then.  Leaning over the 
bridge parapet, gazing down the 113 feet at the shrunken and shallow 
river, with scarce a ripple disturbing it, Homer idly cracking his whip;
and below a posse of pleasure seeking idlers entering a little boat, and making
the tall bridge-arches vibrate to the sounds of the Canadian boat-song, or
			�A boat! a boat haste to the Ferry!�
Returning somewhat dusty and sun browned by 3, and dined in the
kitchen; the meal irritated by little nincompoop widow Dob.  Verily, though
a little woman she�s a great fool.     Here�s this big truculent-looking Tilton
disliked and suspected by every one in the house, � (not one would risk a rent on
the fair fame of the little woman;) �  here�s this man with a wife in the house,
petted by her, (bullied and sworn at for her pains to the provocation of any
amount of snivelling on her part;) indulging  in surreptitious meals at irregular
hours, and playing private despot at any rate.   He has been a nigger-               
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