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Chapter 12

Whereby the Reader will be enabled to trace the
further course of Miss Fanny Squeer’s Love, and to
ascertain whether it ran smooth or otherwise.

It was a fortunate circumstance for Miss Fanny Squeers, that
when her worthy papa returned home on the night of the
small tea-party, he was what the initiated term ‘too far gone’
to observe the numerous tokens of extreme vexation of spirit
which were plainly visible in her countenance. Being, however, of
a rather violent and quarrelsome mood in his cups, it is not
impossible that he might have fallen out with her, either on this or
some imaginary topic, if the young lady had not, with a foresight
and prudence highly commendable, kept a boy up, on purpose, to
bear the first brunt of the good gentleman’s anger; which, having
vented itself in a variety of kicks and cuffs, subsided sufficiently to
admit of his being persuaded to go to bed. Which he did with his
boots on, and an umbrella under his arm.

The hungry servant attended Miss Squeers in her own room
according to custom, to curl her hair, perform the other little
offices of her toilet, and administer as much flattery as she could
get up, for the purpose; for Miss Squeers was quite lazy enough
(and sufficiently vain and frivolous withal) to have been a fine
lady; and it was only the arbitrary distinctions of rank and station
which prevented her from being one.

‘How lovely your hair do curl tonight, miss!’ said the
handmaiden. ‘I declare if it isn’t a pity and a shame to brush it

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