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	Talk of John Conworth.
about it, but George thought no � John
would never marry.  He had been brought up
under the care of his uncle � the one who left
him the farm � had, like him, no thought of
or regard for women.   He believed John had
emulated Joseph the Hebrew, or Joseph Andrews,
all his life-time.      I spoke of the unnaturalness
of this abstinence from even �lawful, married
pleasure� in a stout young fellow of over thirty,
when his means permitted it and said that
if the pretty housekeeper were only selfish or shrewd
enough to know her value, declaring that she
should quit her position and go to England
(as she was once near doing) John would want
her to stay, as his wife.          George thought he�d
let her go; but added that were she to tempt
John to a baser alternative he would marry her
after.     The suggestion was characteristic.   But
he agreed with me when I said she was as good
and modest and self-sacrificing as could be, and
would be incapable of such interested dishonor.
  3.  Saturday.   Scribbling all the morning.
In the afternoon lying in the shadow of a
tree, in the wheat-field, scribbling �Paul Gower,�
while George, William, Baker and five men (whom
the latter had brought with him) were at work;
the reaping-machine, which Baker drove, lessening               
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