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	     Bellew�s Characteristics.
good-breeding about him, which contrasts strongly
with us, whose manners get knocked awry
by circumstance and atrocious surroundings.  Ah
me!  it would be a delicious thing to be a Gentle-
man!    That Bellew is in deportment, in gen-
eral deference to the feelings of others, in cour-
tesy and kindness.    Whether from natural amia-
bility, from shrewdness, inculcating a well-judged
conviction that it�s unwise to throw stones when
you too live in a house with a good deal of 
glass in it � and a repugnance to recognize
any sharply defined rule of right, he scarcely
ever condemns anybody or anything.   I believe
it to combine all the fore-going, but that the lat-
ter feeling exists I�m sure.         He prefers Dickens
to Thackery, indeed dislikes the latter.          Bel-
lew has all the demi-virtues � liberality � gene-
rosity � in excess.   I suppose he has helped
innumerable fellows pecuniarily, from North
and O�Brien to Cahill, especially the second-
named, not being very particular about repay-
ment, though he has commented to me about
O�Brien�s loose way of regarding debts of honor.
Understanding him thoroughly, Bellew is, in
conduct, always most lenient to him.          I
believe Bellew to be an Irishman, though he
always professes English parentage, saying               
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