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all this, she could not be ignorant that her young husband degraded himself and dishonored her, as the young planters of the South were accustomed to degrade themselves, and dishonor their wives.
I shall not dwell here upon what followed.
The difference of opinion, or rather of feeling, upon this subject of slavery — so vital to them as slave-owners — ended at last in complete and bitter estrangement.
A separation followed.
Mrs. Kemble retired to the beautiful village of Lennox in Massachusetts, where she occasionally had the pleasure of associating with her children, and where she was the delight and ornament of a large circle.
Nor was the public entirely deprived of the benefit of her talents.
Inheriting from her father an amplitude of person which time did not diminish, she was no longer fitted to resume her place upon the stage.
She has given, however, as every one knows, series of readings from Shakespeare and other authors, in the principal cities of the United States