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have had our stand-points bettered by her
shifting of position, do.    But Mort is shrewd
and politic.   Grace has or will have money, too,
in addition to the incitements of passion which Mort
may be fairly presumed to feel for her.   Mrs Thom-
son was greatly tickled by the �honor� of the proposed
connexion, citing �Fanny��s ways as precedents for
everything in the household, a little to Cahill�s dis-
gust.     She, wrapped up in her son, of course only
sees in the union of Mort and Grace, his rise in for
tune and the social position (?)   The wooing seems
to have commenced on January, the month after �Chips��
death.           Cahill has the same personal experiences
of Fanny�s proclivities towards passionate attraction
as others; would, he says, on one occasion when
Mort was kissing and embracing Grace in one par
lor and he similarly engaged with her mother in
the other, have been tempted to venture perhaps as
far as she wished, but for sudden thoughts of Jim
and Haney.     Touching her honesty he has come
to much the same estimation as we have.         Mrs
Van Cleve, �Chips�� mother, is expected to visit the
Thomsons, presumably to introduce as a candidate
for the position of her deceased daughter her youngest
sister � Chips� sister!   Wheels within wheels! how
funny and how melancholy it all is.     Talk of
Thackeray not understanding life and painting it
truly!               
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