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Text for Page 189 [01-26-1862]

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	    Bellew�s dispraise of Women
gether till past midnight.          When two men, on
friendly relations with each other, are thus situated,
they naturally become confidential; the more certain-
ly so if one of them be miserable.       So, very soon,
I obtained an indirect confession of Bellew�s
domestic wretchedness.   It began by his suggesting
the compilation of a book on marriage, to include
all that of excellence that has been written upon men
and women in their conjugal relations.     He spoke,
as he always does, disparagingly of the sex.   �The
worst man,� he said, �was better than the best of wo-
men!�       He believed his mother-in-law was one of
the worst of women � the most unjust, cruel, un-
charitable, merciless, exacting.       The only way to
rule a woman was to tyrannize over her; to make
your will a sovereign, despite law; to be selfish
and unjust, to do things that revolted you.  There
was Beckett his brother (whom I characterized as
�a healthy animal�) � always a self-willed fellow �
hs father had to give him up in despair � could make
nothing of him � Beckett who was partial to poachers,
to pugilists, dogs, rats and low company � whom
nobody had any restraining influence over, except
himself, F. B. � well, Beckett had one of the best
wives in the world, and at first he treated her
brutally.    When he married her � she would have
$12,000 some day � not soon, but certain �               
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