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	            Parton�s Sister.
with much of her brother�s tendency to extremes
of opinion and sentiment, but in her, it is femi-
nized into narrowmindedness.   If she dislikes
anybody, she can see nothing but evil in them,
and being a clever, shrewd woman, can put
that dislike into sharp sentences.    Withal she never
doubts but that she is actuated by the highest mo-
rives, or distrusts her own infallibility.    Jim she
thinks highly of; taking command of him, and
consistently hating Fanny for doing the same.  When
she visited them in New York she was all af-
fection to her brother�s wife, after the feminine
fashion; when she returned to Rochester, she
wrote that celebrated letter which produced a tre-
mendous rumpus and was replied to by Fanny
in the Ledger.     Mrs R. had advised her brother to
overhaul his �Katherine and Petruchio� and to act
on the latter�s example!      Jim read out, aloud,
some agreable portions of it and Fanny, very much
flattered, went to his coat pocket, to get the whole
letter, in order to answer it, doing a little of her
pen-and-ink philoprogenitiveness for the benefit of
sister-in law�s three children.         I have already
chronicled the result.              This Mary Rogers, then,
was at the pains to write her aunt, Mrs Edwards,
a clever letter denunciatory of Sally, which the girl
had perhaps provoked by one to her enemy, who in-               
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