The North Has Been Unreasonable With England; But I
Believe That Every Reader Of This Page Would Have Been As
Unreasonable Had That Reader Been Born In Massachusetts.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones are the dearly-beloved friends of my family.
wife and I have lived with Mrs. Jones on terms of intimacy which
have been quite endearing. Jones has had the run of my house with
perfect freedom; and in Mrs. Jones's drawing-room I have always had
my own arm-chair, and have been regaled with large breakfast-cups
of tea, quite as though I were at home. But of a sudden Jones and
his wife have fallen out, and there is for awhile in Jones Hall a
cat-and-dog life that may end - in one hardly dare to surmise what
calamity. Mrs. Jones begs that I will interfere with her husband,
and Jones entreats the good offices of my wife in moderating the
hot temper of his own. But we know better than that. If we
interfere, the chances are that my dear friends will make it up and
turn upon us. I grieve beyond measure in a general way at the
temporary break up of the Jones-Hall happiness. I express general
wishes that it may be temporary. But as for saying which is right
or which is wrong - as to expressing special sympathy on either side
in such a quarrel - it is out of the question. "My dear Jones, you
must excuse me. Any news in the city to-day?
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