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Text for Page 101 [08-03-1861]

	          A Visit to Baker�s.
  4.  Sunday.   A hot, idle day, in which we are
all fearfully taciturn, insomuch that scarcely a
single word is spoken, either at meals or between
them; in which George dozes; William arrays him-
self in his best and goes to church at Paris; �Bella�
is, according to her want, much too pious to cook
anything hot for dinner (though she doesn�t think it wick-
ed to doze afterwards) and in which I, finally
find it so slow that after scribbling all the morning
and idling afterwards, I ask for the pony and meditate
a journey to John Conworth�s; when George reminds
me that we are engaged to go to Baker�s.          In an-
other hour or so we accomplish this and are very
hospitably entreated in consequence.    We find our
host in his shirt-sleeves in the sparely-furnished room
(much of his �portable property� having been consumed
in two fires, at a former habitation), with four
healthy, little bare-legged children; with one of
whom I soon became great friends.         In time
we sup heartily and plentifully down-stairs, with
Mrs. B. and the family.   Afterwards we sit on the
stoop under the piazza, smoking, talking, and wat-
ching the gathering of a heavy storm of thunder, light-
ning and rain, which presently bursts and obliges
us to remain all night which I � and I think George
� am not sorry for.       Baker is English-born,               
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