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[433] in the fullest detail. But he can keep a secret with any man living, and he seldom talks about what interests him most. Margaret Fuller had a passion for looking at the naked souls of her friends; and she often tried to get a peep into the inner bosom of Horace Greeley; but he kept it buttoned close against her observation. Indeed, the kind of revelation in which she delighted, he entirely detests; as, probably, every healthy mind does.

He loves a joke, and tells a comic story with great glee. His cheerfulness is habitual, and probably he never knew two consecutive hours of melancholy in his life. His manner is sometimes exceedingly ungracious; he is not apt to suppress a yawn in the presence of a conceited bore; but if the bore is a bore innocently, he submits to the infliction with a surprising patience. He has a singular hatred of bungling, and rates a bungler sometimes with extraordinary vehemence. But he

Carries anger, as the flint bears fire;
Who, much enforced, shows a hasty spark,
And straight is cold again.

He clings to an opinion, however, or a prejudice, with the tenacity of his race; and has rarely been brought to own himself in the wrong. If he changes his opinion, which sometimes he does, he may show it by altered conduct, seldom by a confession in words.

His peculiarities of dress arise from two causes: 1. He is at all times deeply absorbed in the duties of his vocation, and cannot think of his dress without an effort: 2. He has (I think) the correct republican feeling, that no man should submit to have menial offices of a personal nature performed for him by another man. I mean, such offices as blacking boots, brushing clothes, etc.

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