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Text for Page 097 [11-11-1860]

	     Mrs. Kidder-Morse
phosphates are renumerative enough, Winchester
a decent average man, only they must needs
anticipate an income they may arrive at.     Her
married daughter, the beauty, turns up an
aristocratic nose at the wife of his son; the
husband of said daughter disliking, if not detest-
ing his mother-in-law; who in return, laments
that the girl should have been thrown away upon
him.       Withal, knowing what they do of each
other, they affect an immense opinion of each
their superiority; which characteristic I have
remarked in Lotty and her abominable mother.
I dare say this woman, Winchester, is physically
faithful to her husband, as Mrs. Morse is,
but what ugly, nasty, equivocal antecedents
they both � all of them � have!      Always men
about them, always a taint of unspeakable,
inevitable unchastities.  Was �Mrs.� Bartholomew
the mistress or wife of that man?      Picton used
to assert the former.     Mrs. Kidder was making
a dead set at George Brown, when her sister came
on the scene and cut her out.        She did it char-
acteristically, with all sorts of two-penny ha�penny
melodramatic dashes of mystery; of absorbing
passion for him; writing poetry at him.     He was
completely humbugged by her pretensions;  I laugh
now to recollect how he spoke of them.     She had               
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