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              54
             A Boarding-House Widow
rectly they get lovers and comments on �Susie��s
sitting kissing, of evening�s, with Richardson, in
the front parlor.          He will follow the Woodwards
pretty speedily.             Little Mrs. Deforest and her
brood have gone, with them Lloyd, her future
husband.       A prettyish little woman, black-haired
bright-eyed, with a good color, one shoulder a
higher than the other (so the women said) and
three or four ill-managed children.       She was
a perfect little goose and in great want of another
husband; I remember thinking so when she
asked me into her room, to show me a portrait
of a little dead child, of which she had been very
fond.       She had money, too: Lloyd, in consider-
ation of both these facts, paid his addresses.    He
was a tall, oafish, fellow with Oregon manners,
whom the women didn�t like; I was one of
the few men who found anything to say to him.
How the business began nobody knew, but during
my Charleston sojourn, it cropped out that this
Lloyd was in the habit of spending his evenings
and mornings in the widow�s family room.   When
I returned there was a most amusing change in
the man.  He was well-dressed, got up immaculate-
ly in respect to shirt-front and wristbands and
he had his hair curled of mornings.     Moreover               
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