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Text for Page 038 [12-11-1858]

usual charge of selfishness, obligations having been
inurred &c were daily ventilated directly her back was
turned � this time, however, with some foundation.   But
I know not any more marked characteristic of under-
breeding than this trick, and some of its traits are es-
pecially feminine.  I remember when Barth had some
dispute with a squaw of an Irish washerwoman, on
Governor�s Island (probably about missing linen) she
came out with the pleasing assertion that she �had been
a mother to him!�   Mrs Kidder, too, used to bring in
everybody her debtors in obligation.   So never a boarder
can leave this house without having proved �the most
selfish person that ever existed� � to quote Leslie�s
words touching Mrs Pounden.    When honest Pierce
left, Mrs Potter declared it �doing her great injustice,�
because if he had gone a month or so earlier in the
season she �would have been sure� to have filled his
room � a perfect non-sequitur, but nothing is so
disgustingly illogical as selfishness.    Such women
find it hard to see a jot of good in anyone who comes
athwart their own interests.  To be sure Mrs Poun-
den might as well have resumed her former attic eleva-
tion � but then her selfishness comes in.   When she
got $100 or so � salary, I presume, for Long Island
teaching � she couldn�t bear to part with it for two
or three days, but kept it in her pocket, saying, when
Mrs Potters pecuniary troubles were alluded to, �that
she thought she could give her something which would               
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