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Text for Page 084 [03-05-1858]

men profess they wouldn�t be troubled with too many children.
There�s hardly any sort of confidence respecting their wives, men
don�t tell you in this damned country.                Let me sketch
the Patten family now they happen to be prominent.      He is a 
hard featured, stolid-looking man, portly in figure, black-hair-
ed and dyspeptic as a true Yankee.    He has a peculiarity un-
pleasant, dissonant, brattling voice, which you can�t fancy capable
of expressing anything ageable.  He is dogmatic, pig-headed, opin-
ionative, but good intentioned and I believe honest-hearted.
He would do a man a kindly turn, if asked.   He is down-easter,
and during the war of 1812 the British burnt up some boats or
fishing smacks of his father, by the light of which flames he always
looks at everything English � for he has the stupidest Anglophobia.
His wife � then, I suppose, a pretty, chattering give-you-a-bit-of
my-mind half-a quarter-educated Yankee girl, with curls
and a slim figure � married him for position.  At that time
he possessed $100,000 which he lost within two months, and since
then they have been struggling under all sorts of adverse circum-
stances.   She has stuck too him well enough, and last year, when
he�d nothing to do and trying to get his present berth as harbor-
master, she immolated herself at her sewing-machine.  I be-
lieve she got him office, by her incessant importunity.    Their
boy George is a little brute, used to steal money from his father�s
pockets and lie about finding it in passages, came home once
with some small plunder he�d got from a fire and wished that
more fires might occur, in view of such windfalls.   Both father and
mother used to lick him, without any beneficial result.   He would
come and bump up against old Patten during dinner with �You�ve
got my chair!�    He�d question �What?� and�How?� at every               
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