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from Mrs. Jennings the following natural remark.
“Wait for his having a living!—aye, we all know how that will end;—they will wait a twelvemonth, and finding no good comes of it, will set down upon a curacy of fifty pounds a-year, with the interest of his two thousand pounds, and what little matter Mr. Steele and Mr. Pratt can give her.—Then they will have a child every year! and Lord help ’em! how poor they will be!—I must see what I can give them towards furnishing their house. Two maids and two men, indeed!—as I talked of t’other day.—No, no, they must get a stout girl of all works.— Betty’s sister would never do for them now.”
The next morning brought Elinor a letter by the two-penny post from Lucy herself.—It was as follows: