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Text for Page 147 [08-10-1860]

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	  The Story of Nast�s Passion.
knew!�   A young woman, of generous impul-
ses would always be in danger of giving herself
away, out of sheer sympathy in such a case.  But
he never asked again and she abides in the con-
viction that they could not have been happy toget-
her.          Now about Nast.     Sally persists that
I don�t do him justice, which, as I know he dis-
likes me and as I don�t like him, is perfectly 
probable.   His �I love you� � such was the literal
avowal � came in the way to this very house in which I write.
He told his passion in a very open, boy-like man-
ner, said that if Sally looked favorably upon
his suit, he would study, be inspired with ambi-
tion, do all sorts of things; that if she didn�t,
he wouldn�t care what became of him.  He had
had his head bumpologized and got a chart of
his character from Fowler and Wells, and
asserted that �he could love but once� when if, un-
successful, his prospects and happiness would be
incurably blighted.       He studied Sally�s �chart�
too, attaching great importance to it.    He was gene-
rous in his behavior to the girls, fond of the
opera, very quick in acquiring things, improvable
generally, thinks Sally.         The girls schooled him
after their several fashions.      Sally told him how
to dress and behave, Matty, when he made a blun-
der in grammar or pronunciation, would               
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