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Text for Page 130 [11-25-1860]

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            Mrs. Damoreau �comes down.�
but little.   Damoreau came, read a letter
received from his wife, in answer to his decla-
ration of independence of last Sunday.    It was,
as usual, a clever, damnable epistle, but it
intimated victory on his side.    Comparatively
ignoring her assertion that money was the
only bond between them, she assumed that she
had intended to comply with his request that she
should come to New York, her sickenss � which
she dwelt on with evident exaggeration � being the
cause of her deferring it.           His threat of stop-
ping the supplies has evidently frightened her,
she rages, but proposes to obey.      She is glad
he had thrown off the mask of affection, charges
him openly and by implication with selfishness,
deceit and infidelity, bids him �plant
horns on every man�s door� and wonders �how
they would become him,� but accepts his propo-
sition, clutching, as it were, at the money and
the practical divorce suggested.     She profes-
ses ignorance as to his having worked so hard-
ly and adds �you must surely have earned a
deal of money!�    Incidentally she inquires
�how would you like it if I were to expose
my person in the presence of your office boy?�
which allusion he explains by saying that he
once put no a clean shirt before his servant-girl,               
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