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                The Ladies of Charleston.
there.     Waud had been carried off by the two
Murdochs, to Castle Pinckney to remain for
a day and night.          The bachelors knew both
Marchant and Covert, and Babbage reported
not favorably of either, especially the latter; 
who had once got into an unprovoked fight with
Spear.       Marchant, Babbage said, was not
in good odor in Charleston, first because he
was a Jew, secondly he had given two
balls at his theatre at which all the �ladies�
of �Alice Ashley�s� and similar establishments
had attended; hence the decay of his theatre.
He had been at a good deal of expense, he said,
in preparation, and if the elite didn�t buy
tickets, he should fill his theatre anyhow.  The
Charleston women might be justified in abstain-
ing from future patronage, in this case; but
they have generally a reputation for an excess
of delicacy, amounting to fastidiousness and
affectation.         I had no personal opportunity
of judging (for there is none of that easy
intercourse with families common at the North
and the underlying �Institution,� on which every-
thing is based, develops an evident tendency
towards Orientalism in society) but I suppose
Charleston ladies are very lazy and languid,               
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