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Mrs. Dean laughed.
“I certainly esteem myself a steady, reasonable kind of body,”
she said; “not exactly from living among the hills and seeing one
set of faces, and one series of actions, from year’s end to year’s
end; but I have undergone sharp discipline, which has taught me
wisdom; and then, I have read more than you would fancy, Mr.
Lockwood. You could not open a book in this library that I have
not looked into, and got something out of also; unless it be that
range of Greek and Latin, and that of French,--and those I know
one from another: it is as much as you can expect of a poor man’s
“However, if I am to follow my story in true gossip’s fashion, I
had better go on; and instead of leaping three years, I will be
content to pass to the next summer--the summer of 1778, that is,
nearly twenty-three years ago.”