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Text for Page 038 [08-03-1853]

              When she came back yesterday, you�d have thought she could have
eaten me,� (a favourite phrase this of his.) �She had been so
dull away from me.�    And then there was a furious quarrel that
night, about her not seeing that the child was properly cared for.
�She�ll sit in the parlor, sing songs for the boarders and gentle-
men visitors, and the child hasnt my fixings to his back. �
He being really very fond of his child, gets irate and reviles her.
She replies, telling him she degraded herself in wedding him,
crys, seeks counsel of her mother or others. �She has a row
with her mother, and then comes to me, and quarrels with me,
and goes to her mother!     That�s how she does it !� sa quote
poor Whytal.    �It�s very wearisome!     At all the houses
we�ve boarded at she had snarls with the women.   When I
came home she�d a long story to tell, how she�d been abused by
them.            And then her imprudence would set all the men tal-
king.�     Fellows betted about her dishonor once,  and Whytal af-
terwards heard of it.          She will threaten to leave him. � You
may go if you like!� he�ll say.  �And if I take the child with
me?�    �I�d cut your damned head off! �     Then she says
�Two can play at that game!�           Whytal, a common-place,
spitting, good sort of mortal is fond of her, is really more
tolerant of her self-will than might be expected.        Right is
on his side, after all.   [words crossed out]
[word crossed out]  He married her in single heartedness; did not she
rush into extremes she might do as she [likes?].     But had he
any elevated passion for her, (which he isn�t capable of) �twould
fall in stony places, and never bring forth fruit, I doubt.               
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