all caution. I�m not sure but that I�m an ass and
fogy for proferring it. I know her as she is, yet
have a sympathy and interest in her painful almost.
T�would be easy enow to invent palliation, say it has
been forced on her &c, but I must pity her with my
eyes open. I doubt not but that she has kept true
to her husband, as far as actual criminality is concerned;
but Pride and Self-Will have done it alone, � Devils
barring out other Devils. Yet what sort of purity is that
that has had a rabble of Popes, and Ward�s and Jack
Hardenbrooks & small Dods round it, talked to them,
confided in �em � bah!
How horrible all this is, thought of in connection with
Lotty�s face. But it�s a true chapter in Life,
so let it be put down.
6. Monday. Drawing &c. Evening with Waud
to Wallack�s, there to see �As You Like It�. Very
pleasantly was sweet Rosalind played by Laura Keene,
�twas all that might be wished, save in one part; � that
she was not equal to. I mean the scene of Rosalind�s
swooning and assuming it to be �counterfeit� � �counterfeit,
I assure you!� The exquisite womanly tenderness, so
struggled against, was not there. Nevertheless there was