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Text for Page 023 [10-25-1861]

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	  Boarders, male and female
ing.   Now she boards and lives here and, I
think, pigs with Ham.      She has a sly, sens-
sual face, a loose, shapeless, odious mouth,
a conciliatory manner and attempts to mulva-
ther everybody, succeeding especially in the case
of Mrs Boley, who in some respects is a simple
woman, and declares Lee to be a perfect lady
and very agreable.   Such also is the verdict of
Mrs Clark, nee Kate Fisher who has Lee up
in her room of evenings and retails her stories.
Ham and Lee sit together at table, of course,
and are so revoltingly saccharine towards each
other that the wonder is that they don�t run into
a big puddle of treacle under the table � which
it�s a pity they don�t do, when they might be
swabbed up and squeezed out into the gutter.
They never get through six sentences without blar-
ney; I would as willingly have a piece of
yellow soap thrust into my mouth every two
minutes as be talked to by either of them.   The
other Lee has a heavy Irish face, and that�s all
I have remarked of her, beyond a similar sa-
ponaceous tendency.       Mrs Clark talks
bits of men�s slang, calls herself a �fellow,�
and looks as if she were boiled of a morning,
when not got up to kill; her child is precocious-
ly like her, runs about the kitchen all day,               
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